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Is erectile dysfunction the result of diseases?

Certain diseases or medical conditions can result in erectile dysfunction. For example, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and multiple sclerosis can result in ED. Spinal cord injuries and surgery for prostate or bladder cancer can cause ED.

Because ED is linked to chronic diseases, it's important to talk openly with your doctor about your situation. Your doctor can do a physical examination, order medical tests, and make an effective diagnosis. Medications and other treatments are often available for the health conditions that cause ED, as well as for ED itself.
Erectile dysfunction can be the result of disease. Several of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction in older males are due to diabetes or blood vessel diseases. Diabetes can affect the blood vessels, which results in poor blood flow to the penis, preventing sustainable erections. Blood vessel diseases could affect the quality of erections much in the same way as diabetes affects erections. Mental disease, like stress or depression, can also be the cause of erectile dysfunction. The penis can still achieve erections but without the man being overburdened with stress or having a depressed mood, the erection might not be maintained.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a distinct medical condition. But it can also serve as a clue that some other disease is lurking, silent and undetected.

One common reason men develop erectile dysfunction is that they have damaged arteries. To achieve an erection, your brain sends signals that cause certain changes to occur to tissue in the penis. As a result, blood flows into the penis and gets trapped, causing it to expand and become firm. If you have arteries that have become hardened and full of fat and other gunk, you may not have adequate blood flow to the penis, which can cause erectile dysfunction.

But that's only the start of the bad news. Clogged arteries are the hallmark of cardiovascular disease, so problems in the bedroom may be a warning that you're a candidate for a heart attack. Other diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can damage the arteries and cause erectile dysfunction too.

And that's just the beginning. Erectile dysfunction can be brought on by strokes, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and a list of other conditions. Thankfully, many men who develop erectile dysfunction as a result of disease respond well to treatment.

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