The Link Between Poor Health and Erectile Dysfunction

The Link Between Poor Health and Erectile Dysfunction

The downsides of erectile dysfunction (ED) are clear: it’s personally stressful, potentially embarrassing, and can get in the way of family planning with your partner. ED is common, but it’s not the easiest issue to handle, personally speaking. You might struggle for some time before successfully addressing ED issues.

Dr. Khaled Fareed provides discreet diagnosis and treatment services for new and existing patients with ED from his location at the Urology Center of Orange County in Fountain Valley, California. If you’re currently struggling with ED symptoms like an inability to attain or continue a penile erection, get in touch with Dr. Fareed to learn more about your treatment options today.

But, as in many health situations, when it comes to ED, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Dr. Fareed can also help to educate you about your individual risk factors for ED, and put together a plan to manage any health conditions that could negatively affect your sexual and reproductive function. Here’s what you need to know.

Stay healthy, reduce your risk of ED

Your whole-body health can affect your urological health, including your ability to get and sustain a penile erection. Occasional ED due to factors like stress or fatigue is one thing. Regular ED that seriously cuts into your sexual health is something else all together, and needs to be taken seriously as a part of your overall health care.

Medically speaking, erectile issues are most likely to be related to either blood flow issues or nerve damage problems. If you can maintain good overall health, you may be able to effectively lower your risk of developing ED, or even start to resolve your symptoms.

Health conditions and ED

Some health conditions put you at increased risk of developing ED at some point in your life.

Cardiovascular disease, especially atherosclerosis, often results in ED. If you have atherosclerosis, cholesterol buildup in your arteries restricts your blood flow and can prevent you from getting or sustaining an erection. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity can all lead to ED issues related to insufficient blood flow.

You can also struggle with ED as a result of health conditions that affect your nerves, needed to send increased blood flow toward your penis for a full, sustainable erection and successful sexual intercourse. Diabetes can result in ED due to associated nerve damage.

If you’re observing ED symptoms, you could also be dealing with an underlying hormone imbalance like low testosterone, or an underlying neurologic disease. Tobacco or alcohol use could be related. And, psychological factors can also make a surprisingly big difference in this area of your biology.

Diagnosing and treating your ED

Dr. Fareed can help you better understand your risks for ED and the relationship between your sexual and whole-body health. After reviewing your symptoms and medical history, Dr. Fareed can talk to you about prevention and treatment options including:

Dr. Fareed can also recommend therapies and treatments to address ED symptoms like medication management, vacuum erection devices, penile implants, and more. For support with your ED-related concerns, get in touch with Dr. Fareed at the Urology Center of Orange County today.

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