What Could Be Causing My Erectile Dysfunction
Men may encounter erectile dysfunction at some point. Most may consider this a natural but undesirable part of the aging process. Regardless at what age it first occurs, the inability to obtain or maintain an erection can be incredibly distressing. If you are a man who has experienced the frustration, confusion, or even shame brought on by a failed erection, or you are someone who loves a man with this condition, you want to know that many factors could be affecting this function. Erectile dysfunction is better understood now than it ever has been. Still, addressing the condition can be challenging. This is why it is so essential that men whose erection problems have become more frequent see a urologist. Dr. Shridharani is a board-certified urologist and men’s health specialist who provides comprehensive care that gets the answers patients seek.
Here, we discuss some influential erectile dysfunction factors that might surprise you.
- Poor oral health. Studies have found that men who have chronic periodontitis are more likely to have erectile dysfunction than men with good oral health. The connection here is that the inflammatory infection in the mouth affects blood flow as well as the production of nitric acid. Each of these is necessary for healthy erections.
- High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and salt. If you tend to season your food with a lot of salt, and you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol as a result of this habit, your risk of erectile dysfunction is higher. The reason behind this association is that these cardiovascular conditions inhibit optimal circulation through the body. When an erection should occur, it cannot because there is not enough blood flow to the penis.
- Diabetes. Simile to cardiovascular conditions, chronically elevated blood sugar levels affect other biological functions. In the case of diabetes, the condition can damage blood vessels and nerves, inhibiting sensation and blood flow to different parts of the body.
Anxiety. According to research, men with anxiety or depression may be more likely to also experience erectile dysfunction. At the same time, we also know that experiencing erectile dysfunction can be anxiety-inducing. So, which comes first is determined on a case-by-case basis and, in some cases, may not be conclusive.
Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that affects millions of men of all ages. We know enough about this problem now to offer a broader scope of care. This starts with a comprehensive consultation, medical history, and examination. If you want to get to the bottom of erectile dysfunction, work with a specialist. Contact our Chattanooga office at (423) 778-4636 to schedule a consultation.