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Dr. Kennedy Erectile dysfunction is a modern term denoting a common men's health problem characterized by the consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse or the inability to achieve ejaculation, or both. Impotence can vary. It can involve a total inability to achieve an erection or ejaculation, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only very brief erections. Erectile dysfunction is also called impotence, The risk of erectile dysfunction increases markedly with age. It is four-fold higher in men in their 60s compared with those in their 40s according to a study published in the Journal of Urology (2000;163:460-463). Men with less education are also more likely to experience impotence, perhaps due to a less healthy lifestyle, less healthy diet, more alcohol, or less exercise. Physical exercise tends to lessen the risk of impotence. Erectile dysfunction can have emotional causes but most often it is due to a physical problem. The physical causes include diseases (such as diabetes and hypertension), injuries (such as from prostate surgery), side-effects of drugs (such as the protease inhibitors used in HIV therapy), and disorders (such as atherosclerosis) that impair blood flow in the penis. Impotence is treatable in all age groups. Treatments include psychotherapy, vacuum devices, surgery and, most often today, drug therapy. These drugs act by potentiating the formation of nitric oxide which impairs blood flow from the penis while increasing blood flow to the penis. The amino acid arginine also potentiates this effect, but of course you will never hear that information from the drug companies.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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