Erectile Dysfunction In Younger Men
It has been estimated that 1 in 10 men live with erectile dysfunction on a long term basis. While the condition has often been associated with aging, more evidence is coming to light showing a surge in younger men experiencing ED regularly. Now, 5 percent of men aged 40 have erectile dysfunction and more recently, research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine has revealed that 1 in 4 men newly diagnosed with ED is a younger man. This means 26 percent of men under 40 years old are now living with the condition. With these new revelations, erectile dysfunction is no longer been looked upon as a side effect of getting older- and more young men are searching for answers.
What Is ED?
As many as 30 million men encounter erectile dysfunction in their lives, making it one of the most commonly reported sexual health issues reported by men. Simply explained, the condition occurs when a man is unable to obtain or sustain an erection due to either physical or psychological factors or a combination of both. Erectile dysfunction can also manifest itself as reduced sexual desire. Most of the physical incidents can be attributed to poor blow flow to the penis (40 percent) while another 30 percent of them can be linked to diabetes.
In either case, you must discuss your concerns with your physician especially if you also display accompanying physical issues such as obesity, heart disease or sleep apnoea. Those with ED can not only lead to a poor sex life but can also lead to an increased risk of low self-esteem, depression or anxiety and infertility. The good news is that most cases can be successfully treated using lifestyle changes, medication or a mixture of both.
Performance Anxiety Is Now A Thing Amongst Young Men
Sexual performance anxiety is hardly new for men of all ages. Whether it is due to performance nerves or worries about the expectations of their partner, more young men are getting caught up in the statistics and glamourous details about their sex lives. Casual sex or the ‘hookup culture’ among young people is on the rise and with it comes ensuing self-esteem and anxiety issues. In fact, a recent post in the New York Times claims young men are terrified of sex, mainly because of the fear of not being able to perform to the standards expected of them.
Now, men aged 18-29 are having less sex than ever (28 percent) and many of those that do admit to worrying about their performance in the bedroom. premature ejaculation or say they have poor body image. Since most of these issues are mental and not physical, many young men can overcome their performance anxiety with the help of therapy, practicing mindfulness and open communication with their partners.
With Rising Levels Of Stress, Comes Indirect Consequences
It is no secret that Americans are amongst the most stressed in the world and the young male population is no different. Around 8 in 10 Americans are affected by stress and the most stressed age group happens to be those aged 30-49. 54 of men aged 18-29 years and 56 percent of them 30-49 years old say they frequently experience stress. Most of them cite family obligations and work as their main stressors. For men, it is work that is the leading cause of their stress.
In this case, stress and resulting anxiety can hinder the transmission of messages sent from the brain to the body including the penis, during stimulation. It can also kickstart an unending stress-erectile dysfunction circle, each one driving the reoccurrence of the other. There are, however, many different options for resolving this issue including working with a therapist to identify the source of your stress and coping mechanisms. You can also try incorporating relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation.
More Young Men Are Neglecting Their Health
With more young men neglecting their health these days, the chances of identifying underlying causes of ED continue to go undetected. Men are 24 percent less likely than females to visit a doctor. However, the study also revealed that men are also 22 percent more likely to neglect their cholesterol tests. High cholesterol in men has been directly linked to erectile dysfunction- the higher your LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) levels are, the more likely you are to develop erection problems. This is because high cholesterol can build up arterial plaque in the bloodstream which in turn results in blockages in the bloodstream, hampering the blood flow needed to cause an erection.
High cholesterol also affects your testosterone production. Testosterone is the main male sex hormone and is responsible for the development of sperm production, male genitalia, and the male libido. Too little or an inability to produce testosterone has been shown to lead to infertility, reduced sperm count and loss of libido- aligning with erectile dysfunction. Another condition young men are more likely to neglect thanks to their reluctance to get regular medical check-ups is heart disease. Heart disease currently affects more than 1 in 3 men and around 20 percent of them are aged 40 or younger. Erectile dysfunction has been pegged as both an indicator of impending heart disease and a consequence of the plaque build-up common with heart disease.
Men Are More Prone To Type 2 Diabetes Than Women
Finally, men aged 35- 54 are twice as likely to have diabetes than females. Around 90 percent of diabetes cases are type 2 diabetes, which has direct links to reduced libido and erectile dysfunction. Also, 90 percent of those living with type 2 diabetes are obese. Obesity also affects 35.7 percent of adults 20 to 39 years old. Poor long-term blood sugar control can lead to damaged stem vessels and nerves, which can then cause erectile dysfunction. With a higher percentage of young men living with diabetes, more of them are at risk of developing these complications including ED.
Erectile dysfunction is no longer an age-related issue nor should it be one filled with a stigma attached. More men of all ages are leading happy and healthy lives with erectile dysfunction. The most important step is admitting you need assistance and speaking to your doctor.