Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to either achieve a penile erection or keep one. Most older men (over 60) experience erectile dysfunction now and then. Prolonged impotence, however, should be reported to a doctor. This condition can be a side effect of medication, chronic illness, or lifestyle issues like overindulgent drinking or exhaustion.
Men with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease are at most risk for developing ED. Smoking is another cause of ED. Sometimes the causes of ED are not physical but emotional. Stress, tension and emotional distraction can impact male erections. A trained counselor can help identify and address psychological strains.
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