Impotence is a common problem among men aged 50, and its prevalence increases sharply with age. Previously attributed to psychological problems and ageing but now we know that it is usually related to high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol etc. Men tend to neglect the problem, and it is a shame as quick treatment improves the overall health and quality of life.
You probably thought it would never happen to you, at least not until old age. But here you are in mid-life, and suddenly what was once a rare problem caused by casual work load, an excitement from a new partner or just too much wine, starts occurring again much more often, seemingly without reason.
Erectile dysfunction – the inability to get an erection or maintain it long enough to have sex – both are a very common condition among men aged 50 and over. A new study recently published in – “Annals of Internal Medicine”
The study involved approximately -31,000 men from health profession backgrounds, aged 35-90. They rated their ability to get an erection which allows penetration and keep it for three minutes. Ability of ‘low’ or ‘very low’ is defined as a problem of erectile dysfunction.
After the researchers took into consideration other factors that affect erection, such as exercise and smoking, is was found that age plays a major role in men suffering from erectile dysfunction (Impotence). The older the men were, the more problems they had. Reports changed from ‘good’ functioning among younger men and steadily decreased to ‘low’ in older men.
After sifting men suffering from prostate cancer, Dr. Constance Bacon School of Public Health at Harvard University and his colleagues found that a third of the men had impotence in past three months. Overall sexual function, desire and frequency of orgasms sharply decreased every decade after the age 50.
74% of younger men rated sexual functioning as ‘good’ or ‘very good’, compared with 10% of the 80 plus years old men. Only 12% of younger people suffered large or medium-sized problems, compared with one-third of the 50-plus. Men who lead a healthy lifestyles and had no chronic diseases, had the lowest risk of erectile dysfunction.
The difference was particularly noticeable among people in the ages of 65-79. For example, those of them who exercise at least three hours a week had a lower risk of impotence of 30% compared to those who exercised little. In addition, a link was found between obesity, smoking and excessive television viewing and increased risk to suffer impotence.
According to the researchers, who participated in National Week U.S. male health, sexual potency is an indicator of the general health condition of the man, especially vascular health. So if a man is at risk for cardiovascular disease, he is also at risk of impotence, regardless of his age.
Impotence was previously attributed to psychological problems or the ageing process, but we now know this is often not the case. The phenomenon is usually a physiological condition, and most men are surprised to discover common problems – high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, etc. – are often the major cause for impotence.
Impotence is often the first sign of these problems and it can occur before the typical symptoms. In the middle east, 26 out of 1,000 healthy men suffering from Erectile Dysfunction are discovered every year, 2.54 Men of 1000 as hypertension, 50.7 of every 1,000 men diagnosed with diabetes, and -58.3 in 1,000 with heart diseases.
Diagnosis and treatment of those health problems, especially at the beginning, contributes to the overall health and affect erectile problems.
According to experts, most men suffering from erectile dysfunction are surprised to find that the situation has improved as a result of the reduction in cholesterol levels or blood pressure – often simple measures such as proper nutrition, weight loss and reduction in smoking and alcohol consumption.