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Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and sustain erection enough for sexual intercourse. Many men have at least once experienced erectile dysfunction in their lives. This is not reason for them to worry. Only if the problem repeats often and in short period of time a man is due to consult a doctor who will perform certain tests and examinations in order to identify the underlying cause of the problem.

Clinical Characteristics and Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Men suffering from erectile dysfunction have trouble getting an erection, have trouble keeping an erection and they also have reduced sexual desire. If this is the case, especially if the person is suffering from certain conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or similar, he is due to consult a doctor as soon as possible.

There is a whole variety of causes of erectile dysfunction. Physical causes of erectile dysfunction include heart conditions, clogged blood vessels, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis etc. The condition may also occur due to intake of certain medications and is also associated with tobacco and alcohol use. Treatments for prostate cancer and benign prostate enlargement as well as surgeries or injuries of the pelvic area and spinal cord are several more causes of erectile dysfunction. The problem may also develop as a consequence of psychological triggers such as depression, stress, fatigue and problems/ worries of any kind.

Risk Factors and Prevention of Erectile Dysfunction

As person gets older erection may need time to develop and it does not last as long as it used to. There are many risk factors that are able to contribute to erectile dysfunction and by their proper managing one may be able to prevent the problem or at least to reduce its intensity.

People suffering from diabetes must control and keep the level of glucose under control, smokers are due to quit smoking and those who take alcohol on regular bases should try abstinence. Risk for erectile dysfunction is higher in obese people. Therefore, by reducing weight one may prevent the problem. Proper coping with stress can be very effective as preventive measure not only for erectile dysfunction but also for many other problems.

The person is supposed to cherish healthy lifestyle choices and try to manage any existing health problem he is suffering from. Regular checkups and consultation with health care provider are essential. Relaxation techniques can be perfect tool in coping with stress, depression and anxiety. And finally, even if the problem occurs one should not worry since there are effective treatments available.

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