Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that has many and varied causes.
A lot of people attribute aging, or the aging process, to the onset of erectile dysfunction. And it is true that as patients get older we do see a higher incidence of erectile dysfunction. Patients in their 40s may have approximately a 40% risk of having erectile dysfunction at some point in your 40s. Whereas a man in his 70s, that risk goes up closer to 70%.
There are many factors that contribute to the deterioration in erections, as men may get older. Some of these factors include the onset of certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, atherosclerosis, obesity, lack of exercise, increased stress in your life due to increased workloads and things like that. So, these are all factors that contribute.
Also, be aware that as you get older, it's a normal phenomenon that testosterone levels will actually decrease as you age. Low testosterone may not actually be a causative or a factor for erectile dysfunction. But certainly plays a role, because by having low testosterone levels, that can reduce your libido, or your desire for sexual activity. It can sometimes be related to erectile dysfunction as well.
So, all of these factors are contributing to the process of having deterioration in erections as you get older. So, age is certainly a prominent factor to consider when talking about causes of erectile dysfunction.