Protect Your Erection: What Does Age Have To Do With ED?

Guides ● December 2018

In 30 Seconds

  • The older you get, especially past the age of 40, the higher your chances of having erectile dysfunction (ED), with men between the ages of 40 and 70 having a declined potency, according to scientific studies.
  • Symptoms of ED include difficulties developing and/or maintaining an erection, or low desire for sex.
  • Common causes include obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, high cholesterol, chronic liver or kidney disease, smoking and use of medical or recreational drugs.
  • See your doctor if you’re suffering from ED – and especially if you have diabetes, heart disease, any other medical conditions or are experiencing other sexual issues, such as premature or delayed ejaculation alongside ED.

Symptoms of ED Include

Let’s be honest, erections are important. So it makes sense to future-proof yours, so that it doesn’t fail you in the future. And that erection you deserve just keeps happening time and time again.

So far. So good. But when it comes to age, a recent scientific study showed that between the ages of 40 and 70, men have a declined potency, ranging from 33% around age 40 to 60% towards the age of 701.  Basically, the older you get – especially past the age of 40 – the higher your chances of having erectile dysfunction (ED).

The takeaway? It’s extremely common. So firstly try not to panic. Then go and get checked out by your doctor, because there are many ways you can get it fixed.

Symptoms of ED

Symptoms of erectile dysfunction include:2

  • Difficulties developing an erection.
  • Difficulties in maintaining an erection.
  • Low desire for sex.

Common Causes of ED

Erectile dysfunction causes include:3

  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Use of prescription medications and recreational drugs
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Neurological conditions
  • Chronic liver or kidney disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Sleep disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Treatments for prostate cancer
  • Surgeries in the pelvic area or spinal cord
  • Genitourinary or gastrointestinal malignancy

When to Ask for Your Doctor's Help

Personally, we’d recommend seeing your doctor if you’re suffering from ED. It can’t hurt and a doctor will be able to help you figure out the underlying causes – and also help to get it fixed.

Definitely see the doctor if you’re suffering from the following, according to the Mayo Clinic.4

  • You’re suffering from ED and also other sexual issues, such as premature or delayed ejaculation.
  • You have diabetes, heart disease or any other known medical condition that can cause ED.
  • You’re experiencing other symptoms alongside ED.

Lots of us coast on health autopilot until something is wrong but if you’re researching this then now’s the time to get healthy. Cut back on the alcohol, quit smoking and any recreational drugs –  and go and get yourself an MOT from the doctor. Your future sex life will thank you for it.

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