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Six Major Medical Causes of Erectile Dysfunction in Young Men

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Smoking and Erectile dysfunction in Young MenErectile dysfunction is a condition where a man is unable to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse.

This condition normally does not begin to affect men until they reach the age of 50 or so, but many men in their 30’s are increasingly reporting symptoms of impotence.

This article proposes to identify some of the key medical causes of erectile dysfunction in young men and some natural remedies.

Major Medical Causes of Erectile Dysfunction for Men in their 30’s.

  1. Smoking
  2. Excessive consumption of alcohol
  3. Use of narcotic substances
  4. Heart Disease
  5. Diabetes
  6. Obesity

1. Effects of Smoking on Erectile Dysfunction

Smoking cigarettes contributes to several health related conditions, and one of them being ED.  The tar, nicotine and other carcinogens in cigarette smoke that are inhaled build up in the lungs and contribute to arterial sclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.  An erection requires a large amount of blood, and when tar builds up in the lungs and plaque build up in the arteries, the heart has to work harder to pump blood to the major organs of the body to function properly, which leaves less energy in the body to push blood to fill the three chambers of the penis.

When blood is sent to the male sex organ, many smokers state they are unable to maintain an erection.  This is due to the weakened heart is unable to maintain blood pressure and blood flow to the male sex organ.

2. Excessive Consumption of Alcohol and Erectile Dysfunction

Alcohol acts as a depressant on the human central nervous system.  When the central nervous system is depressed by alcohol, people may feel more relaxed and even become exited sexually more easily.  A brain under the effects of alcohol can miss the male libido stimulation signals, and thus does not fire the neurons in the brain that tells the body to send blood to the penis to achieve an erection, and results in temporary erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction in men in their 30’s, may be temporary if alcohol is consumed occasionally.  Men who drink heavily on a regular basis, on the other hand, will find they are unable to achieve an erection all the time, and may have little desire for sex at all, due to a depressed libido.

3. How Does use of Narcotic Drugs Lead to ED?

Most narcotic drugs act as a depressant on the brain, central nervous system, hormones and other parts of the body, and thus result in erectile dysfunction.  While alcohol leaves the system rather quickly, usually within 12 hours, narcotics can stay in the nervous system and blood stream for up to 48 hours, and their effects on the body, brain and central nervous system will last longer.

4. Heart Disease and Erection Problems

Heart disease is one of the leading medical conditions that lead to impotence in men in their 30’s.  This condition is caused by genetics, such as hereditary high cholesterol or high blood pressure, or issues such as a poor diet high in fat, cholesterol and sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, lack of exercise, smoking, or obesity.

These conditions can lead to plaque build up in the arteries, which restricts the flow of blood through the body.  Coronary disease makes the heart work harder to pump blood through the body, which limits the efficient flow of blood to the organs, such as the penis, and this lack of blood flow prevents the penis from filling with blood to achieve or maintain an erection, thus resulting in impotence in young men.

5. Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction

Diabetes is a medical condition that affects the human body’s ability to regulate sugar in the blood.  If a person is born with diabetes, this is classified as Type-1, while diabetes developed after birth; usually due to a poor diet high in sugar and a sedentary lifestyle is classified as Type-2.  Many men with Type-1 Diabetes can develop erectile dysfunction, due to hardening of the arteries, which is one of the degenerative effects of diabetes on the body.  Hardening of the arteries prevents the easy and efficient flow of blood through the body.

6. Obesity and Erectile Dysfunction

When a person has a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30, they are overweight and considered to be pre-obese.  A person with a BMI of 30 or above is considered obese.  Erectile dysfunction is common among men of any age who are obese, due to the extra fat accumulated around the heart and other organs makes it hard for the heart to pump blood efficiently throughout the body.  Also, men who are obese tend to have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even diabetes, and any one of thee condition can lead to or contribute to erection problems.

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  1. Dorothy B.

    April 18, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Could someone please send me the article’s on the mental/emotional causes for e.d., my friend has been going through it for like 4 months & is very worried. My email is [email protected]. Thank you so much!!!

  2. Joe

    March 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Hello my urologist said I have urethritis and prescribed me pyridieum to sooth it, lately it is bad very uncomfortable always burning and shrunk very small and feels hard when soft also lately I haven’t been able to get a hard erection can the 2 be related I m 30 years old and to young to have Ed I do masterbare a lot could I have damaged the veins how will I know I’m very worried any input would be greatly appreciated

  3. Paul

    March 13, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I have been having the problem of Erectile Dysfunction for about 3-4 years. For the last 2 yrs I was on Stamlobeta 5 once a day for my BP and on Finheart (statin) one every night for my trigycerides. Last year I found out about a personal meditation program that had very good results on similar cases. Here it is All I had to do was write down the affirmations that I wanted and that’s it. After few hours I did received an email back with few more affirmations from BrainSync Technology team. The program was ready in 24 hours. I have been going through some mental stress but now I am getting back to normal and I am fully able to satisfy my partner at 56 ;)

  4. Sherry B. Morgan (@SherryBMorgan)

    January 21, 2013 at 8:05 am

    It’s great news that there are alternative medications out there for ED that are natural and safe to use. Although I have read an article from this link:

    There are many testimonies about men taking these medications and were able to overcome ED with no serious side effects, and i think it wouldn’t also hurt to try the natural alternatives. I think it may depend on how severe the condition is, or the preferences of the patient himself.

  5. thatguy

    September 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    im begining to notice that im having more and more trouble maintaining an erection. have no problem getting it up. keeping it erect is my problem. i do smoke about a pack a day and have for about 9 years. also have a poor diet. do you feel these two things may be my main problem hear?

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  7. exactpharma

    December 6, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Stress can be one of the causes of Erectile Dysfunction. You may be worried about work, or issues at home. The best thing to do to try and cure stress is to take a day for yourself – no work, no family, just you. Do what you want to do. If, after you’ve destressed you still have Erectile Dysfunction then there are medications available, like Kamagra, to help you. You’re not alone.

  8. ED Treatment

    October 17, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Thank you for the article. I founds lots of new things for myself. Ye, i agree that alcohol and cigarettes influence badly the men’s ability to achieve the erection but what to do if these habits have become a part of life? I think there are certain medical cures for such men lime me, when it feels impossible to give up smoking and drinking with the own forces.

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  10. Cris Logan

    August 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Yeah i agree with you Ken Weiss. Smoking & excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to ED. Enumerating causes of ED helps a lot of men to be fully aware that health always comes first. Healthy living can be beneficial to all of us, always keep that in mind. But on a lighter note, there are so many ways to get rid of ED. There are the natural remedies as mentioned in this article and also medical prescriptions that will need you to seek a doctoral advise. Thanks for this great articles Ken! Keep it up!

  11. Susan

    May 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Diabetes can wreck your body. I don’t think many men in their 30’s worry about their sugar levels.

    • Ken Weiss

      May 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      Hi Susan. People with Type 1 Diabetes know daily how this disease wrecks their body. The problem really is with the growing number of young men with Type 2 Diabete. This is due to poor diet and lack of exercise. Men don’t realize that diabetes wracks the body and can cause many diseases, including erectile dysfunction as a result of hardening of the arteries and damage to other organs.

  12. Alison @ Femita

    November 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Great article, but let’s not forget that there can also be psychological causes for erection problems. That’s why it’s important to be able to talk about it. Share it with your partner and don’t be afraid to visit your doctor.

    • Ken Weiss

      November 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Alison, you are 100% correct about psychological factors causing ED, and I have articles on psychological issues that can cause erectile dysfunction on my website,

      This article just addresses medical issues.

      Regards, Ken

      • Elias Mhegera

        May 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

        Greetings Ken, please kindly forward some of these articles on pyschological causes of erection problems I have a friend of mine that I want to counsel, Elias Mhegera-Dar es Salaam,-Tanzania 
        Email: [email protected]

    • Elias Mhegera

      May 20, 2012 at 10:33 am

      thank you Alison, psychological problems are major cause of the erection problems according to my  experience as a counselor 
      from Elias Mhegera-Tanzania: [email protected], [email protected]

  13. Jarret

    November 21, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Ken, sure that sounds great. It looks like there’s a big demand for this information.

  14. Jarret

    November 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Ken thanks again for the informative article! I’m a little surprised at how popular of a search topic “erectile dysfunction in young men” has turned out to be.

    • Ken

      November 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Jarrett, erectile dysfunction in young men in their 20’s and 30’s is huge. I have an article on this topic on Ezine articles, which is by far my most reviewed article, with over 1,000 views and has been emailed twice from that link.

      Before I wrote my first article on the topic, I had read several articles and forum posts on the topic.

      I have a great article on causes of ED in young men. If you would like I will re-write the article so the content is fresh and will submit for your review to add to the site.



  15. Ken Sage

    September 10, 2010 at 3:42 am

    We are so glad that you mentioned that there ARE natural, herbal remedies that improve libido, stamina and the ability to obtain and maintain an erection. There are testimonials on our site from many men – both young and old – who have seen marked improvement in a short amount of time.

    I hope you will keep our comment so that men interested in another alternative can read more about our Better Man Now formula.

    With the prevelance of prostate enlargement and cancer, even men who don’t have erecticle dysfucntion issues will want to be doing something proactive to maintain or improve prostate health too.

    • Sara

      January 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      I have met someone very special to me and last night we attempted to have sex for the first time. Alcohol and cigarets were involved. Because we are in our 20s I feel as of the problem is psychological and I can’t help but to feel as if it was my fault that my partner is suffering from ED. I would like to discuss this problem with him but Its far too early in the relationship to talk about ED. I fear that ED will destroy this relationship before we get a chance to grow as a couple. How should I go about bringing up the topic without crippling the relationship we have constructed?

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