Could Erectile Dysfunction be a Sign of Something More Serious?

As many as 30 million American men suffer from the effects of erectile dysfunction (ED) each year, and men over the age of 50 are at an increased risk of experiencing its symptoms. Impotence, the inability to achieve and maintain an erection, can be caused by a multitude of factors, ranging from physical and emotional issues to underlying health conditions. 

June is Men’s Health Month and in our effort to better men’s urological health, Arkansas Urology urges men experiencing any symptoms or signs of ED to seek assistance from a urologist or their primary care provider. Erectile dysfunction is often embarrassing for men to talk about, but talking to your doctor about ED is particularly important because it  can be an early warning sign of serious, even life-threatening conditions such as: 

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Clogged blood vessels 
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Low testosterone
  • Nerve injury to the pelvis or back

Not only does erectile dysfunction affect men physically, it can lead to emotional effects, including low self esteem, depression and anxiety. Sex requires the mind and body to work together, and when the effects of erectile dysfunction tamper with that relationship, it can lead to strained relationships and further worsening of ED. 

Erectile dysfunction is not an unavoidable consequence of aging. Most causes of ED are treatable, especially when addressed directly and caught early. Don’t suffer ED’s effects in silence. Arkansas Urology has the treatment and the providers you need to regain control of your life. Join countless other men seeking help and reach out today. 

Arkansas Urology strives to provide each and every patient with nondiscriminatory, life-changing care. For more information on access, visit our FAQ section

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