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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man cannot maintain an erection. Causes of ED include a combination of physical and emotional problems.

ED is a common — and treatable — problem for many men, particularly older men.

ED: what you should know

  • A decrease in blood flow to the penis — from narrowing blood vessels — is often the cause of ED in older men. Emotional problems are more likely the culprit in younger men.
  • These are some causes of ED:
  • There are number of effective ED treatment options available, and researchers are working to develop new therapies.
  • It’s important to discuss ED with your doctor because it can be the first indication of one of these underlying health conditions:
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Diabetes
    • High blood pressure
  • ED may be present as early as three to four years before cardiovascular problems are recognized.

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