Is erectile dysfunction genetic?

Certain things that can cause erectile dysfunction may run in families, although the condition itself isn't genetic. In many cases, the causes of erectile dysfunction may not run in families - things like injury, medications, and stress or relationship issues can't be passed down from parents to children. In other cases, certain medical conditions like diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis may lead to erectile dysfunction, and it's possible for these to be passed on from parents to their children. If you have a family history of any medical conditions that may cause erectile dysfunction, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There is intriguing, if very preliminary, evidence that inheriting certain genes may make a man more susceptible to erectile dysfunction (ED). To be more specific, scientists have linked natural variations in the DNA sequence of some genes with a higher risk for developing erectile dysfunction.

However, don't blame your parents if you're having problems in the bedroom. There is still a great deal to be learned about how genes affect the risk for erectile dysfunction. Besides, genes are not destiny. The science is very clear: Eating a healthy diet, exercising, and avoiding bad habits such as smoking can lower your risk for erectile dysfunction and other medical conditions.

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