Erectile Dysfunction and the Associated Illnesses
Erectile dysfunction or ED refers to the category of violations, mainly against the backdrop of
developing associated illnesses. It is noteworthy that the ailment can be based on a psychosomatic
nature, which develops as a reason of psychological influence on physiological processes.
First of all, it is worth noting some metabolic disorders, illnesses of the endocrine and
cardiovascular systems are often a breeding ground for ED:
Atherosclerosis is prone to the progress of the pathological process caused
by impaired metabolism of lipoproteins and manifested by local inflammatory response,
endothelial dysfunction, the formation of cholesterol plaques, causing blockage of
blood vessels, hyalinosis, hardening, calcification of blood vessels, for a total
negative impact on the flexibleness of blood vessels, the possibility of stenosis
and other atherothrombotic process;
Hypertension is a malfunction of the cardiovascular system, manifested by enhanced arterial blood pressure;
Hypogonadism is an androgen deficiency, which is the reason of recreased
testicular function or effect of the reduced function of the hypothalamic-pituitary
axis; a state of correlative resulting primary pathology of the endocrine glands and
involved in the exchange of androgens;
Lipid metabolism is a disturbance of fat metabolism, which turns out in the enhanced
blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides;
Obesity is a dysregulation of body weight at which there appears the excess weight
and consequently there is a significant increase in body weight;
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, which is a consequence of absolute or relative
deficiency of the hormone insulin, when the amounts of glucose are too great.
The risk of erectile dysfunction increases the diseases of the genitourinary system, the
groin injury endured surgery. Inflammatory and infectious illnesses, leading to a breach of
the constituents of semen, as well as to their accumulation in the urethra during intercourse,
sometimes are creating conditions for the ailment’s occurrence too. Here one can name such
urological diseases as Peyronie's disease, prostatitis, a history of priapism, urinary disorders.
Neurogenic and psychiatric disorders, nerve damage in the pelvic area (such as iatrogenic
nature), spinal cord form the basis for erectile dysfunction of neurogenic nature.