Erectile dysfunction (ED) – impotence – is not an inevitable part of aging, even though the risk of ED does increase with age. Researchers have estimated that erectile dysfunction cases will rise to 230 million worldwide by 2025, and the problem commonly affects those over the age of 60. Oftentimes, erectile dysfunction is a result of an underlying health issue.
Heart problems, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and many other health conditions can affect erectile function. Furthermore, certain medications like antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, and antihistamines can contribute to erectile dysfunction, too.
Mental health issues – like depression, anxiety, guilt, low self-esteem, and even stress – can contribute to erectile dysfunction as well.
Other factors include lifestyle habits like smoking, being overweight, not exercising, poor diet, and alcohol or drug abuse.