Signs That You Are at Risk for ED

December 18, 2015
Signs That You Are at Risk for ED

Erectile dysfunction impacts millions of men across the country. While it is more common among men middle aged and older, it can strike people of any age at any time.  In fact, there are certain risk factors that could greatly increase someone’s odds of developing erectile dysfunction.

Here at Summit Male Medical Center, we provide effective treatment of erectile dysfunction and low testosterone. We’ve listed a few common risk factors that could increase your chances of ED.

Cardiovascular Disease

Heart problems can come with any number of side effects, including erectile issues. Good blood flow and circulation is crucial when it comes to getting and keeping an erection, so this alone could be the cause of your erectile dysfunction. Some of the medications used to treat heart disease may also contribute to erectile dysfunction.

Obesity and Excess Body Fat

Obesity has a number of negative impacts on circulation and leads to cardiovascular disease. Because blood circulation plays such an important role in developing and maintaining an erection, obesity can lead to erectile dysfunction, even at a younger age.


Erectile dysfunction is among the many adverse health impacts associated with smoking or using smokeless tobacco. Nicotine impairs blood flow by constricting blood vessels. It also leads to any number of issues from lung disease to heart disease, both of which can contribute to erectile dysfunction.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Drinking excessively will almost certainly have a negative impact on your reproductive health, and the same goes for drug use. Many recreational drugs contribute to problems with developing an erection, but prescription drugs can also have an impact. If you are taking regularly prescribed medication and notice difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, you might want to see if there are any alternative medications you can take.

It Can Happen if You’re Healthy Too

ED can and does impact otherwise healthy individuals. Even if you aren’t experiencing any underlying health issues and avoid drugs, alcohol and tobacco, this condition can still have an impact on your sex life.

How to Treat ED

Luckily, there are treatment options for ED and its causes. If you’d like to learn more or schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians, contact Summit Male Medical Center today at 480-398-4000. We can start treating your ED from the very first day.

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