Erectile dysfunction can happen at any age and for a wide variety of reasons. When men start experiencing erectile issues, the first reaction is often to panic. However, in many cases, the situation can be reversed when the root causes are addressed. Here are some of the most common reasons why men experience erectile dysfunction.

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Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

When someone has high blood pressure, their muscle tissue loses its ability to relax, and the arteries  fail to dilate as expected. The inability to dilate leads to a much lower blood flow to the penis, which in turn results in erectile dysfunction.

Suffering from diabetes is also is another cause for erectile dysfunction as well. Men who have diabetes have a much higher probability to be impotent than those that don’t. This can be as a result of complications associated with being diabetic such as heart disease and nerve damage among others.

The best way to keep sugar levels in check is by ensuring healthy eating and taking the initiative to constantly check with a doctor on both sugar and blood pressure levels.


When an individual experiences symptoms during or before intercourse, they may get anxiety attacks which could make matters even worse. Cortisol inhibits erectile responses and could be the main cause for erectile dysfunction in many cases. When someone is under stress or depressed, they may also lack interest in sexual activities which will lead to erectile dysfunction.

Lifestyle choices

Some lifestyle choices that a person makes such as excessive alcohol and drug abuse over a long period of time may lead to complications that increase chances of erectile dysfunction and impotence.

Being obese is also seen as one of the causes of impotence. Men who are obese are at a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction as compared to their healthier counterparts. People suffering from obesity will usually have a lower testosterone production level which also has a direct effect on erectile function.

Men above 30 years often experience a loss in their sexual abilities over time. Thankfully, a healthy life can significantly lower the probability of suffering from erection related conditions.

Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system attacks the protective covering of the nerves leading to constriction of blood flow in the body, which in turn prevents an erection from occurring.

Parkinson’s disease also affects the central nervous system, destroying dopamine-producing nerve cells which are responsible for smooth muscle movement. The dopamine drop may result in a decreased sex drive and sexual interest on the affected person.

These four causes may also, at their worst, not only lead to this dysfunction but also impotence. Thanks to technology, we have more and more techniques of the prevention, diagnosis and cure. Clinics like International Andrology London use many techniques to help people suffering from the condition to cope or overcome the symptoms, sometimes without medication. Knowing which conditions increase your chances of developing the disorder, you can now make conscious decisions to make sure that your body and sexual life remains healthy.

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