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When NOT To Worry About Erectile Dysfunction And When To Be More Vigilant About Its Symptoms

Did you know that erectile dysfunction is loosely classified into two? The first half, for symptoms that are mild and are stemmed from common instigators such as age and/or stress. The other half, the more concerning, if certain bodily ailments are causing it. Regardless, we spoke with and have written down facts you should be aware of in terms of ED. 


Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction: Common And Severe Explained

Cardiovascular Ailments

You’ll be surprised to know that there is a whole list-full of cardiovascular disorders and/or imbalances which are often connected to erectile dysfunction. These bodily imbalances occur much more frequently in the majority of the male population than most think. 


Hypertension (high blood pressure) equates to your heart overworking itself to pump blood throughout your body. This “overwork” will lead to the thickening of the heart’s left ventricle, which then, as blood flow is impeded, points to erectile dysfunction. And yes, hypertension incidences are to be immediately deemed as “emergency” cases as it might escalate to a heart attack). 




Atherosclerosis affects the penile region in almost the same way that hypertension does. It is the narrowing, blocking, and even hardening of blood vessels. The impedance of blood towards your reproductive region will prevent your penis from having a firm erection, or one long enough for actual coitus. 


There are numerous cardiovascular disorders that, in the context of ED, mainly revolve around failing to let blood flow through and to the penis. Hence, erectile dysfunction transpires. 


High Cholesterol, Obesity, Overweightedness 

Overweightedness and obesity are often closely linked to having high levels of cholesterol in your body. And we mean “bad cholesterol” like LDL or low-density lipoprotein. 


“Good cholesterol” is needed in that it aids in making cells healthy and protecting nerves. But LDL sticks to the walls of blood vessels and hinders stable blood passage. Another obstruction when it comes to achieving a normal erection. 


Alongside this, factors of high cholesterol, obesity, and overweightedness, especially when left untreated, affect cardiovascular workings, too. 


Alcohol And Tobacco 

We understand that for many, drinking alcohol and smoking are leisurely activities done either as a part of your daily routine or for mere socializing. Still, hese are instigators of erectile dysfunction, more in those who habitual drink or smoke than in those who don’t. 


Alcohol is considered a depressant and its impacts manifest by targeting your central nervous system (a reason why people who drink slur their speech and have abnormally slow reflexes). Since getting an erection actually begins in the CNS and the latter sends neurons to your reproductive system (among others), said reproductive system then lets the penis’ blood vessels dilate for blood to permeate and therefore cause an erection. 


Only, if the CNS itself is slowed because of alcohol, then ED is very likely to take place. 


The same is true with smoking. The constituents found in cigarettes and/or tobacco are disruptors of blood flow. They slow down the process, ergo, slow down how your reproductive organ responds by failing to stay erect. 


In fact, even men in their 20s and 30s who are NOT overweight and/or obese yet are medium-to-heavy (or are mere occasional smokers but do so in huge quantities at a time) smokers, have erectile dysfunction.


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