Erectile Dysfunction is on the Rise (and it’s getting younger)
The American Medical Association (AMA) estimates that more than 30 million men in the US experience ED. And they expect that number to double by 2025, largely due to the fact that erectile dysfunction is affecting more and more guys in their 20’s and 30’s. ED in your 20’s is becoming more common, and that can signal some serious health risks to a growing number of young men.
ED in Your 20’s
A study of over 400 men showed that nearly 1 in 4 new cases of ED occurs in men under the age of 40. What’s worse, half of the young men in the study showed signs of “severe ED.” The study concluded that the cause of erectile dysfunction in young men was “lifestyle habits” like smoking and drug use.
Erectile dysfunction is your body’s “check engine light” because ED can be an early sign of serious health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or low testosterone. The blood vessels in the penis are smaller than other parts of the body. So ED symptoms often occur long before more serious problems like a heart attack or stroke. When an otherwise healthy man in his 20’s experiences ED, it’s cause for concern.
If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction in your 20’s or 30’s (or beyond), talk to a doctor as soon as possible.