Erectile dysfunction (ED) is simply described as the inability to get or maintain an erection firm enough to engage in sexual intercourse.
Erectile Dysfunction has always been perceived to be an ‘old man’s disease’. However, medical professionals are increasingly warning that this is no longer the case.
Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, Head of Department of Urology at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital/University of Limpopo explains why ED has become more prevalent in younger men in recent times.
According to Dr Mutambirwa, stress is partly to blame for early erectile problem and also the lifestyle choices people are making nowadays.
But ED needs to be diagnosed in a holistic manner, taking into account biological, psychological and social factors. He says there is no one diagnosis that fits all.
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Some guys would have the chronological age of 30, but if you look at their physical age, health wise and sexual functions, there are sometime in the region of 3 to 4 years more.— Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, Urologist
He says people should look at having less stress, eating fewer calories, exercising regularly and avoid smoking at all costs.
If you can just institute those small few things you can make a huge difference— Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, Urologist
Dr Mutambirwa says it is important to know that often ED is a precursor of cardiovascular diseases and potentially dangerous health problems.