ED Shocker: 1 In 4 Men With ED is Under 40

“ED is like having your check engine light on … a sign that something’s not right”

(Metro.us) Erectile dysfunction affects 30 million men.

The causes of ED for men of all ages range from health-related lifestyle factors to side effects of certain medications. Fix the real problem and you may never need Viagra.

And while the prevalence of the condition does increase with age, a study found that one in four men seeking treatment for ED is under 40 years old.

Other key facts, according to the Cleveland Clinic:

  • 40 percent of men are affected at age 40
  • 70 percent are affected at age 70

[So your percentage risk of having ED is about equal to your age in years, and goes up about one percent per year. – Editor]

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“The strength of a man’s erection is a great indicator for overall health”

The causes of erectile dysfunction for men of all ages are manifold, from health-related lifestyle factors like anxiety, drinking, smoking, or obesity, to side effects from certain medications like antidepressants and blood pressure pills.

It can be also be an indicator of a more serious medical condition, including diabetes, heart disease and prostate cancer.

The stigma gets in the way of seeking treatment.

Men, already half as likely as women to go to the doctor in a two year period, according to a 2014 CDC survey, are ashamed to discuss the issue with their primary care doctor, or even pick up meds at the pharmacy.

According to a study from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, only 25 percent of men who received an ED diagnosis filled a prescription for it.

IMAGE: Liz West, CC

“The strength of a man’s erection is a really great indicator for their overall health,” says Zachariah Reitano, the cofounder of Roman, a new NYC-based telehealth app which evaluates and treats men for ED from the privacy of their homes.

“It requires so much of your body at one time — your hormones, your nervous system, your heart.” He likens ED to having your check engine light on: a visibly recognizable sign that something’s not right. Read the full story at Metro.us. Also of interest: Men: 3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Sex Life