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Can I treat my ED by treating the condition that caused it?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is often caused by lifestyle choices, but may also be a sign of a health problem. Smoking, excessive drinking, being overweight or obesity, and lack of exercise are all associated with ED. These lifestyle factors may also raise your risk for cardiovascular (heart and vessel) disease, nerve damage, diabetes, endocrine (hormonal) disorders or high blood pressure, all of which cause ED.

In some cases, medications used to manage these health problems also cause ED. For this reason, lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, exercising more, drinking less alcohol, and quitting smoking can help improve your health overall, as well as your ED. And if you think your medication is causing ED, don’t stop taking it without talking with your doctor first. You may be given a different dose or switched to another medication. 

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.