Erectile Dysfunction in Most Men Left Untreated
It is predicted that 322 million men around the globe will develop erectile dysfunction by the year 2025. But what exactly is ED? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) erectile dysfunction is defined as “the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance.” Experts agree that lifestyle choices like diet and exercise have a lot to do with it. A poor diet and the tendency toward a sedentary lifestyle have elevated the risks. But the chance of developing ED only increases as a man gets older. Age-related body changes, conditions such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes and others increase the chances of decline in sexual functionality. Yet, even though ability has altered, studies have shown that desire remains. Also, sexual intercourse at any age can convey a whole host of physiological and psychological benefits. Conversely, dysfunction can have a negative impact on one’s mood and emotional wellbeing.
Advances in medical science have allowed people to live longer. Growing older brings with it its own health related issues and problems. Older men have less endothelial function for instance. This is the ability for blood vessels to dilate, such as the arteries of the penis which cause an erection. Add to that plaque buildup from a poor diet and ED is likely to occur. A recent study finds that today, 69% of men in the U.S. between the ages of 40 and 69 develop ED. 77% of men over age 70 experience such dysfunction. Older men also are more likely to have severe symptoms. Over half of those with ED had not discussed it with their doctor. 72% received no treatment at all. That’s a problem because erectile dysfunction may be a symptom of a more worrisome illness or mood disorder such as depression. There are lots of treatments available today. Anyone who has ED shouldn’t ignore it.