CAN ANXIETY CAUSE ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION?

Stress, anxiety, and erectile dysfunction are closely connected. Stress and anxiety can cause ED. Plus, men facing increased stress or anxiety may also have increased blood pressure and cholesterol. Both of these conditions increase a man’s risk for ED.
It’s important to understand that stress is the body’s response to life’s issues. Stress and anxiety can cause harm to your body. ED is just one of the many ways the damage manifests itself. Unfortunately, it’s a vicious cycle: ED can cause a man further stress and anxiety, which can cause additional ED issues.
Each person stresses about different things. Financial concerns may keep you up at night, but relationship problems may worry a friend. All stress affects the body negatively.
The following are different life stressors that may cause anxiety, which can lead to ED:
-job problems, loss, or stress
-relationship problems and conflicts
-illness or loss of a loved one
-fear of aging
-changes in health
-financial burdens






Risk Factors for Erectile Dysfunction

As you get older, erections may take longer to develop and may not be as firm. You may need more direct touch to your penis to get and keep an erection. This isn’t a direct consequence of getting older. Usually it’s a result of underlying health problems or taking medications, which is more common as men age.
A variety of risk factors can contribute to erectile dysfunction. They include:
-Medical conditions, particularly diabetes or heart problems.
-Using tobacco, which restricts blood flow to veins and arteries. Over time tobacco use can cause chronic health problems that lead to erectile dysfunction.
-Being overweight, especially if you’re very overweight (obese).
-Certain medical treatments, such as prostate surgery or radiation treatment for cancer.
-Injuries, particularly if they damage the nerves that control erections.
-Medications, including antidepressants, antihistamines and medications to treat high blood pressure, pain or prostate cancer.
-Psychological conditions, such as stress, anxiety or depression.
-Drug and alcohol use, especially if you’re a long-term drug user or heavy drinker.
-Prolonged bicycling, which may compress nerves and affect blood flow to the penis, can lead to temporary erectile dysfunction.






Some Foods to Prevent Erectile Dysfunction

There’s no miracle food to prevent erectile dysfunction. However, there is some evidence that certain foods may help. “Evidence that foods can help with ED is probably related to a vascular connection,” says Firouz Daneshgari, MD, professor and chairman of the department of urology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. “Erectile problems are usually due to not having a good blood supply to the penis, so foods that are good for your vascular system may also help prevent ED.” Should you eat more of the foods containing these key nutrients?
Find out which foods may prevent erection problems — and how they work.
Nitrates in Leafy Greens and Beets- Leafy green vegetables, like celery and spinach, may increase circulation because of their high concentration of nitrates. Beet juice has been found to be really high in nitrates. Nitrates are vasodilators, which means they open up blood vessels and increase blood flow.
Protein in Pistachios- A recent study found that men with erectile dysfunction who ate pistachio nuts every day for three weeks experienced significant improvement in sexual issues, including ED, sexual desire, and overall sexual satisfaction. The benefits of pistachios for erection problems may be due to a protein called arginine, which may help relax blood vessels.
Lycopene in Tomatoes and Grapefruit- Lycopene is one of those phytonutrients that is good for circulation and good for sexual issues. Lycopene is found in deep red fruits like tomatoes and grapefruits. Some studies show that lycopene may be absorbed best when mixed with oily vegetables like avocados and spinach.