Erectile Dysfunction In Young Men

November 12, 2012

Erectile Dysfunction In Young Men

Erectile dysfunction in young men is being reported more and more frequently. It is the condition, in which a man is unable to maintain an erection suitable for sexual activity. Although it is more common in men of the age of 50 and over, there are some causes making erectile dysfunction in young men increasingly common.

The six main causes for erectile dysfunction in young men (around 30 years of age) are smoking, excessive alcohol, consumption, narcotic substances, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. All of these causes can be prevented or controlled through some simple home remedies or lifestyle changes.


Smoking is one of the known causes of erectile dysfunction in young men as well as contributing to many other health problems. Smoking causes a hardening of the arteries through the build up of tar and nicotine. When this happens the heat has to work much harder to pump blood to all of the major organs around the body consuming a lot of energy. This results in there not being enough energy let to pump the huge amount of blood needed for an erection and even more so to maintain it.


Excessive alcohol consumption is another major cause of erectile dysfunction in young men. Alcohol can cause the nervous system to relax and slow right down, and when a man becomes sexually excited the brain can miss the signals and neglect to tell the body to send blood to the penis in order to achieve an erection. This effect can be short term if the male only drinks excessively on occasion and may simply be a reflection on his current state of inebriation. However, males that drink to excess on a regular basis may find that they constantly suffer from erectile dysfunction and additionally have a depressed libido.


Similarly to the effects of alcohol, the use of narcotic substances can also act as a depressant to the brain and central nervous system as well as other parts of the body. However, alcohol usually leaves the body within 12 hours where as narcotics can take up to 48 hours. Therefore, erectile dysfunction in young men caused by narcotics can last for longer.

Heart disease

Heart disease in young men can be caused by genetics resulting in high cholesterol or high blood pressure and later impotence. However it can also be caused by a poor diet, high in fat, cholesterol and sugar or by other lifestyle factors such as a lack of exercise or smoking. All of these factors can lead to a build up of plaque on the arteries, making blood flow difficult. This requires the heart to work harder leading to a lack of energy when it is needed to send blood to the penis to achieve an erection.


Hardening of the arteries can also be caused by diabetes, a condition that affects the regulation of sugar in the blood. When someone is born with diabetes, this is known as Type-1 diabetes, and is another of the causes of erectile dysfunction in young men as once again it becomes difficult for the heart to pump blood around the body and particularly hard to send large amounts to the penis.

Erectile dysfunction treatment

Whilst Viagra and Cialis are common treatments there are also some natural remedies that can help improve erectile dysfunction. Eating foods high in healthy anti-oxidants and lycopene such as strawberries, tomatoes and watermelon can help as can increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids and complex protein such as fish and nuts. These foods all help to relax the blood vessels and reduce fat and cholesterol improving the flow of blood.


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