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ED (Erectile Dysfunction) Risk Factors

By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 29, 2016, 7:55 pm

There are many potential risk factors for ED, which could stem from one particular issue or a combination of several coexisting problems.  Erectile dysfunction is often a symptom of a larger medical problem; men suffering from diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, hormonal issues, and other medical conditions that can affect the nerves or the cardiovascular system could all lead to ED.

When you suffer from ED, common questions that may arise are:  Is erectile dysfunction permanent?  What is causing this?  How do I fix this problem?  Making lifestyle changes can help improve your ED, but there are some factors you’ll have to talk to your doctor about.

If you were looking for a reason to finally quit smoking or cut down on alcohol consumption, you may have just found one.  Tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, and other substance abuse including too much caffeine from coffee and energy drinks can all contribute to constricting blood vessels.

Obesity is a common cause for impotence.  Diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease are also tied to obesity and erectile dysfunction.  Cardiovascular exercise; swimming, running, biking, etc. helps shed pounds and increases oxygen and blood flow throughout the body (including your penis).

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by several other physical problems besides obesity and obesity-related diseases, including:
  • clogged blood vessels
  • low testosterone levels
  • parkinson’s disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • metabolic syndrome
Besides quitting bad habits and starting good ones, there are several ways to treat erectile dysfunction.  The most common treatment is oral medication. Three common brands are Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. However, if you’re taking other medications or have other health concerns, those may not be right for you. 

To learn more about other treatments options, please contact the office of Dr. Gary C. Bellman.  He is an expert and a Board Certified Urologist with over 20 years of expertise in this field.  Dr. Bellman will be able to provide you with the best options along with individualized care to best suit you. 



 


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