Erectile Dysfunction and Lifestyle Factors
It is widely known that smoking can damage your lungs, being overweight is bad for heart and stress can cause to headaches and anxiety.
But are you aware that all these factors can also cause erectile dysfunction?
How smoking and other lifestyles can cause ED?
Smoking can tighten blood vessels, raise cholesterol levels and increase the risk of atherosclerosis.
It can reduce blood flow throughout the body including a penis, impairing men ability to gain an erection.
Quitting smoking can help some men partly or fully restore erectile dysfunction.
According to The American Urological Association, overweight men are 2% more likely to experience ED than those who are not.
Being overweight increases a person’s risk of vascular disease, a known cause of erectile dysfunction.
A sedentary lifestyle can often cause ED. Chances are that with exercise, you can see improvement in your ED condition without having to take ED medication.
Poorly Managed Diabetes:
Uncontrolled diabetes can cause the blood vessels to prevent blood flow into your penis. By maintaining a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and taking proper medication, men with diabetes may be able to avoid diabetes-related ED.
The lining of blood vessels can be damaged due to high cholesterol. It can harden, narrow or block the arteries leading to the penis.
By maintaining a healthy diet, getting a regular exercise can reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction.
Excessive use of Alcohol:
Excessive drinking is one of the common causes of erectile dysfunction.
It can inhibit erectile functioning by causing a restriction in blood flow to the penis and affect a production of the male hormone testosterone, affecting sex drive and erection.
Illegal Drug use:
Marijuana, cocaine, and other illegal drugs can cause erectile dysfunction by damaging blood vessels and restrict blood flow to the penis.
Stress and Anxiety:
Studies show that psychological problems such as stress and anxiety can cause ED. Too much stress can prevent relaxation, making it difficult to achieve or maintain an erection. Less stress can mean improved erectile functioning.