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ED Doesn't Have to be Part of Aging

Updated: Mar 5, 2019

Everyday, men come to a shocking and devastating realization: they have erectile dysfunction. Some have denied it for a while, ignored it or thought their lack of erections was due to circumstantial factors. However, the undeniable truth is that living with ED can really disrupt your life and become an added stressor.


Many men see ED as a fact of life; something they have to accept as a natural and inevitable part of getting old. Nothing can be further from the truth. The truth is that aging does not have to come with an endless parade of maladies, including ED.

What causes ED? Erections need to happen in near perfect circumstances. Any changes in your health, eating or drinking habits, medications, or mental and emotional issues can hinder your ability to start or maintain an erection. Ninety percent of erectile dysfunction is due to a physical problem. Some of the causes of ED are:

  • Heart disease

  • Atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis

  • Diabetes

  • High blood pressure

  • High cholesterol

  • Obesity and metabolic syndrome

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Thyroid conditions, hormonal disorders and imbalances, including testosterone deficiency

  • Structural or anatomical problems of the penis, such as Peyronie’s disease

  • Smoking Alcoholism Substance abuse, including cocaine use

  • Treatments for prostate disease

  • Surgical complications

  • Pelvic floor dysfunction

  • Injuries in the pelvic area Spinal cord injury

  • Radiation therapy to the pelvic region

  • Prostate problems


ED can also be caused by many prescription medications. Some are included below. If your medication may be causing ED, talk to your physician about this unwanted side effect. Make sure to consult with your physician before stopping or changing medications:

  • Drugs for high blood pressure

  • Heart medications such as digoxin

  • Some diuretics

  • Some sleeping pills and amphetamines

  • Anti anxiety medications

  • Antidepressants

  • Opioid painkillers

  • Some cancer drugs, including chemotherapy

  • Prostate treatment drugs

  • Anticholinergics

  • Hormone replacement drugs

  • Cimetidine for peptic ulcer


Some psychological causes of ED can include:

  • Guilt

  • Fear of intimacy

  • Depression

  • Severe anxiety

  • PTSD

  • Relationship issues

  • Stress



What can you do if you have ED? If you are experiencing ED, it is important that you come to terms with the fact that you have it. Understand that you are not the only man suffering from erectile dysfunction and you don’t have to live with it. Conversely, ignoring the problem will only make it worse. Make a call to change the course of your sexual health and continue to enjoy sex as an integral part of aging. ED and aging do not have to go hand in hand; don’t settle for a sexless life. If you don't want to accept ED as part of aging, neither do we and we are ready to help you feel young and sexy again!




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