Erectile dysfunction hits younger men
It turns out that, at least according to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, erectile dysfunction (ED) may be more prevalent than previously thought, particularly among younger men.
While most ED complaints come from men over the age of 40 and prevalence increases with age, researchers from the University Vita-Salute San Raffeale in Milan, Italy found that 26 percent of men seeking treatment for ED – 114 of 439 men involved in the study – were under the age of 40. Half of these men reported severe ED. In fact, the rate of severe erectile dysfunction was higher among young men than older ones.
Previous research concluded that 65 percent of men with ED are unable to have an orgasm and 58 percent have problems with ejaculation. Most ED sufferers reportedly do not receive treatment.
While obesity and weight problems have been associated with ED in older men, this generally has not been the case with younger patients. But smoking and illicit drug use were more common among the younger men. An earlier Mayo Clinic study found that younger men with erectile dysfunction have a higher risk of heart disease.