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According to the National Institutes of Health, estimates of the total number of American men who suffer from ED range from 15-30 million.
At age 40, approximately 40% of men are affected. This rate increases to nearly 70% in men aged 70 years or older.
After accounting for age, one of the most common causes of ED is Hormonal Insufficiency or Hormonal Imbalance. However, this is the easiest cause to correct as an individualized bio-identical hormone replacement program may be all that is needed.
Medications are a leading cause of ED. The most common culprits are cholesterol medicines, anti- hypertensives and anti-depressants.
Excess weight, particularly if it is concentrated in the abdomen (the spare tire or muffin top), interferes with erectile function.
Marital, job or financial worries as well as having had ED in the past (performance stress) can all play a role in starting, maintaining or worsening of erectile dysfunction.
Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol deposits or clogged blood vessels, kidney disease, liver disease, depression and Parkinson’s disease can contribute to erectile dysfunction. Also, alcohol, smoking, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to or worsen ED. Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord can cause ED.