Advancing Age a Factor in ED?

An incapability to get and sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse is what ED or erectile dysfunction is all about. Most people think ED is connected to advancing years or happens when a man’s age increases. The fact is, age has nothing to do with impotence or the incapability to get an erection and maintain it. Erectile dysfunction can be a risk when a man ages but it is not an age-related condition.

A male’s sexual arousal is a combination of complex processes going on in his body. To get an erection, the muscles in the spongy tissues of the penis have to be relaxed which can be achieved when the nerves are activated by the brain. Relaxation in the muscles makes blood flow freely in the arteries and expands the penis. Sustaining an erection is made possible by the membranes surrounding the spongy tissues of the penis. Anything that blocks this complex process can cause the incapability to get and maintain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse.

Getting older is often linked to erectile dysfunction. Age could increase the frequency of ED, but it is not an inevitable thing and it is treatable. Surveys have showed that only 17 percent of men age 60 and 4 percent of men age 50 experience total incapacity to achieve an erection. ED can be caused by a lot of factors that is not linked to age.

There are many physical causes that can lead to ED. They may include:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Obesity
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep disorders
  • High cholesterol, heart disease, hypertension
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Low levels of testosterone

Testosterone is a hormone that can affect a man’s energy levels and sex drive since it controls the brain’s arousal impulses. Damage to the nerves can decrease the blood flow to the penis which can be brought about by a disease such as diabetes. Men afflicted with type 2 diabetes will have lower levels of testosterone than men who are free of the disease. Heart disease that narrows the arteries can also decrease the flow of blood to the penis which would prevent a man to get an erection.

Other causes of ED that is not related to chronic diseases and age include:

  • Depression
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Smoking
  • Prescribed medications

Emotional and psychological reasons can also stop sexual arousal in men. Nervousness, depression or being angry about issues can put a damper on sexual desire. Another would be the inability of getting and maintaining an erection, even for one time only, for whatever reason can cause anxiety and doubts about your manliness, self-esteem, and sexual capacity.


Testosterone can gradually decrease with advancing age which can lead to a risk of acquiring erectile dysfunction. Yet, getting and maintaining an erection are not dependent on age and testosterone. Most ED cases are not age-related, but more so on physical health conditions. There could be more than one underlying causes for ED that needs to be identified and treated in order for a man to live a long, sexually-fulfilling, and healthy life.