It is clear that this condition occurs not only when there is inability to achieve a good degree of erection, but also when this is achieved, but the stiffness decreases or disappears when you want or have erotic activity.
Erectile dysfunction is very common. According to more than half of men over age 40 can be present at levels mild, moderate or severe, as the incidence tends to increase with age and the onset of disease, particularly those affect the circulatory system. Among younger men happens, but is less common.
There are medical and psychological conditions that increase the likelihood that a man has erectile dysfunction, the main:
* Diabetes mellitus or high concentration of sugar in the blood.
* High blood pressure or hypertension.
* Addiction to snuff.
* Excess fat in the blood (cholesterol and triglycerides).
Although in some cases of erectile dysfunction may occur as a result of marital conflict or extreme concern about sexual performance (as happens to those who suffer premature ejaculation long-term), it is clear that most men with this condition suffer from a disease that affects blood vessels, especially those who are too young, called capillaries, which are of great importance because they occur in the exchange of nutrients and waste of cellular activity.
The capillaries of the sexual organ, which are called sinusoids, are very broad, can accept a lot of blood and expand, and are the structure in which occur the most important mechanisms to explain the erection.
Sinusoidal vessels are surrounded by a special type of muscle, called smooth, when retracted causes capillaries are relatively empty, but by relaxing the blood supply allows for high output and low amniotic fluid, which causes expansion or erection.
Many of the diseases identified as risk factor for erectile dysfunction produce sinusoidal vessel damage, causing a condition called endothelial dysfunction, as it affects the innermost layer of the bloodstream, the endothelium.
This tissue is highly specialized and performs multiple functions for maintaining the health of body organs, and when sick leave to fulfill its responsibilities efficiently. In the case of the penis, their application results in loss of filling and sealing ability of blood to achieve or maintain an erection.
In this sense, it should be noted that when a man suffers from erectile dysfunction are more likely to suffer cardiovascular diseases (circulatory system), therefore, detect this problem may be the way to discover and treat any disease that causes endothelial damage (diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension), which involves a problem as threatening as infarction (death of tissue) in heart or brain.