Smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction by around 50% for men in their 30s and 40s.
What is Male Impotence (Erectile Dysfunction)
Impotence, or penile erectile dysfunction, is the repeated inability to have or maintain an erection.
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Who Does Erectile Dysfunction Affect
The condition affects roughly 1 in 10 men between the ages of 21 and 75. In up to 75% of all cases, the cause is physical.
Impotence is associated with a range of conditions including high cholesterol levels, drugs used to treat high blood pressure and diabetes, however there is strong evidence to demonstrate that the effects of all physical factors are made worse by smoking.
Effects of Smoking on Male Impotence
Smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction by around 50% for men in their 30s and 40s. Diabetes, high cholesterol levels and drugs used to treat high blood pressure are also important risk factors.
Mechanism of the Effects of Smoking on Erectile Dysfunction in Men...
During an erection, large quantities of blood flows under pressure into the penile arteries. This causes the veins which drain the penis to become compressed, thus preventing the immediate outflow of blood. This process is significantly impaired by smoking.
- Less blood flows into the penis if the inflow route is blocked by long term build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries (atherosclerosis) caused, in part, by smoking.
- Rapid contractions in penile tissue, a direct and immediate result of nicotine stimulation in the brain, restrict arterial blood flow into the penis. This is known as acute vasospasm.
- The valve mechanism that traps blood in the penis is impaired as a result of nicotine in the blood stream. This is known as venous dilation.
Polling undertaken by MORI for ASH in March 1999 reveals that only 12% of smokers (13% men, 11% women) name smoking as a cause of male impotence. the fact is, that several of the more than 4,000 chemicals that have been identified in cigarette smoke are implicated in damage to the vascular (circulatory) system. These include carbon monoxide, nicotine and 1,3-butadiene.
Erectile Dysfunction and Systemic Arterial Damage
Damage to the arteries and veins supplying the penis, is simply a manifestation of systemic arterial damage.
Smoking Significant Increase for Risk of Male Impotence (Erectile Dysfunction)
Evidence suggests that cigarette smoking significantly increases other risk factors for impotence. A study of 1,290 men who had received treatment for impotence in Massachusetts, USA, showed that smokers were over twice as likely to become impotent as non-smokers (56% compared with 21%).
Increased Risk of Complete Impotence Among Smoking Men
Cigarette smoking was also associated with a significantly greater likelihood of complete impotence in men with high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease and arthritis. Smoking does not therefore, merely add to other risk factors, but compounds them significantly.
Smoking Risk for Impotence
It is now clear that smokers are more likely to develop impotence in just the same way that they develop heart disease - if they can stop smoking, there is every chance that they will prolong normal sexual function.
Learn more about how you can eliminate impotence and enjoy an extra ordinary sex life for years to come.
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