ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION MORE PREVALENT IN YOUNGER MEN THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT
If you think erectile dysfunction (ED) is something that only occurs to older men, think again. A new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine shows that one in four men who sought medical attention for ED was in fact under the age of 40. Even more surprising was that almost half of the young men (48%) suffered from severe ED, compared to 40% of men older than 40 years.
Because ED is often a marker of other underlying medical situation such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, this study raises a red flag. In many cases of ED in younger men, loss of erectile function can be attributed to psychological reason such as anxiety, depression or extreme stress. Sometimes, excessive use of alcohol, illicit drugs and smoking play a part in a younger man’s ED. In other cases, factors such as sleep apnea, obesity and even low testosterone have contributed to ED symptoms in men younger than 40. All of this situation can be treated and monitored and, in the majority of cases, these men return to normal erectile function without major ED interventions that older men typically receive (e.g. oral medication, injections, vacuum devices and penile implants).
This study sheds some new light on the need to carefully consider vascular disease and other medical situation as main factors in men under 40 developing ED. Men who are seen by an ED specialist at Urology’s Erectile Dysfunction program are carefully and thoroughly evaluated for underlying medical situation that can reason ED. A complete medical history and blood work is part of our comprehensive assessment to get to the bottom of the cause of your ED. This study reinforces the importance of screening all men, regardless of age, for such medical conditions as vascular disease and diabetes to ensure that any condition is treated as early as possible for the best health outcomes.Leave a reply