Last Updated on Jul 28, 2021

Risk factors for Erectile Dysfunction

Some underlying diseases, psychological factors, hormonal disturbances, alcoholism and cigarette smoking increase the risk of erectile dysfunction.

According to the National Institutes of Health, erectile dysfunction is also a symptom in many disorders and diseases. Direct risk factors for erectile dysfunction may include the following-

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Prostate problems
  • Depression
  • Alcohol ingestion
  • Lack of sexual knowledge
  • Poor sexual techniques
  • Inadequate interpersonal relationships
  • High levels of blood cholesterol
  • Smoking, which accentuates the effects of other risk factors such as vascular disease or hypertension
  • Hypogonadism in association with a number of endocrinological conditions
  • Vascular disease and vascular surgery
  • Low levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein)
  • Drugs
  • Neurogenic Disorders
  • Peyronie's Disease (distortion or curvature of the penis)
  • Priapism (painful and prolonged erection)
  • Many chronic diseases, especially renal failure and dialysis

Age appears to be a strong indirect risk factor in that it is associated with increased likelihood of direct risk factors, some of which are listed above. It is estimated that nearly 5% men become impotent by the age of 40-years, and 15-25% by the age of 65-years.


KevinBradley Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Good Post

Virendra81 Tuesday, March 14, 2017

can it be taken if a patient is taking Etizolam, Escitalopram, Telmisatan and amlodipine tablets

gopal1937 Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Can older men around 80 take Caverta 100 mg. will it help them the proper erections and is it safe.

@Guest Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hi, Older men around 80 or more can certainly take PDE5 inhibitor like Sildenafil. It is advisable to get examined by a qualified doctor, who could be a Sexologist or your MBBS Family Physician. Sildenafil [Brand name Caverta] cannot be taken if you are taking any medicines containing nitrates. Example: Sorbitrate is a medicine typically given for patients who have had angina. When on nitrates ingestion of sildenafil can lead to fatal drop in blood pressure. Doctor may like to check your Renal function tests, Liver function tests and also recommend a Stress test for assessing your Cardiac function. The point I make is age is not in itself contraindication. A smaller dose (example 50 mg) may be more appropriate. Please consult a qualified doctor before you take any prescription medicine. Best wishes, Happiness doctor, Ashok Koparday

jhonsoneric86 Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Impotence or erectile dysfunction is a men sexual dysfunction problem n which men face difficulties in achieving or maintaining erections for longer. Along with this health illness men also face all other health complications related to sexual health.

assertmeds Thursday, July 9, 2015

Great information posted here about erectile dysfunction. Generic Viagra is an effective medication that will help you to treat the issue of male impotence.

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