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What are the most common risk factors for erectile dysfunction?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Among the most common risk factors for erectile dysfunction are:
  • Hardening (or clogging) of the arteries
  • High blood sugar
  • High blood pressure
  • Stress, anxiety or depression
  • Alcohol use
  • Tobacco use
  • Some prescription medications, including drugs for pain, depression or high blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Brain or spinal-cord injuries
  • Low testosterone and other hormone problems
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Radiation therapy in the pelvic area
  • Stroke
  • Prostate, bladder, colon and rectal surgery

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