As any man whos suffered from bedroom issues knows, erectile dysfunction (ED) can take a major toll on self-esteem and romantic relationships. In the absence of a cure, as many as 30 million American men suffer from ED, and 30 percent of those are age 70 and older.
While ED mostly impacts older men, age usually has nothing to do with it. Fox News went to the experts to identify six medical risk factors that are linked with ED. If you suffer from any of the conditions below, they may be at the root of your performance problems.
1. Heart diseaseFor the majority of men with ED, cardiovascular problems such as arteriolosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and high cholesterol are at the root of the issue.
Thats because, to achieve an erection, the arteries must allow blood to flow throughout the body, not just in the penis. Anything that clogs up your arteries or narrows arteries is going to affect blood flow, Dr. Dudley Danoff, a urologist in Los Angeles and author of The Ultimate Guide to Male Sexual Health, told Fox News.
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