Erectile Dysfunction, or ED, is a condition that affects a man’s ability to maintain an erection. While it is more prevalent in men over the age of forty, erectile dysfunction in younger men is more common than many people think. In fact, one study conducted by the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan, Italy found that around one quarter of patients seeking treatment for ED were under the age of 40.
Erectile Dysfunction In Young Men
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While the majority of ED sufferers are over the age of forty, younger patients seeking treatment report a higher level of “severe” ED. This means that they either cannot reach orgasm or experience difficulties ejaculating. While the Milan study found that younger men had a lower body mass index and higher levels of testosterone, younger men are also much more likely to smoke or use recreational drugs, which may explain the increased prevalence of severe ED.
Cardiovascular Problems Impacting Younger Men
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Though many younger patients experiencing ED can blame psychological factors for their condition, the Milan study points to a higher prevalence of cardiovascular issues in young men than previously thought. In these cases, ED may simply be a symptom of underlying health problems. A study conducted by the Australian National University found that ED is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, and can lead to early death. If you are experiencing moderate to severe erectile dysfunction, you should have a thorough physical examination to evaluate your cardiovascular health.
Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
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For young men with erectile dysfunction, there is hope. There are now a wide-range of prescription treatments for ED, like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. These drugs effectively regulate cardiovascular function and show great results for many sufferers. Unfortunately, most ED sufferers do not seek treatment and may be missing crucial indicators of their cardiovascular health.
Erectile dysfunction does not just affect older men. While those over forty are more likely to suffer form ED, young men experiencing difficulties maintaining an erection or reaching orgasm should see a doctor as soon as possible.
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