Latest Research on Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a very common medical condition where a male is not able to obtain and/or sustain an erection long enough to have successful sexual intercourse. According to the National Institutes of Health (2013), as many as 25% of men over the age of 65 experience ED on a long-term basis.
In the past, the common held belief was that the majority of cases of erectile dysfunction occur in males over the age of 40 years and that incidence of this condition increases with aging. Results of a new study, completed in 2012, and recently published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, indicated that the prevalence of ED in younger men may be a lot higher than experts previously thought. Another study, discussed at a urology conference earlier this year, indicated that most individuals who suffer form erectile dysfunction either do not follow through with treatment or do not seek treatment at all.
ED Much More Common Among Young Men than Previously Thought
Prior to this particular study, the risk and prevalence of erectile dysfunction among younger men has not been examined very thoroughly. Interestingly, these results showed that 25% of males who seek help for erectile dysfunction are under the age of 40. In addition, 50% of that percentage reported they suffered from severe ED (Capogrosso, Colicchia, Ventimiglia et al., 2013).
A team of Italian medical researchers led by Dr. Caposgrosso (2013) studied 439 males, with a diagnosis of ED, who attended an outpatients’ clinic during the timeframe of January 2010 to June 2012. Of these participants, 26% were less than 40 years old. For the most part, this younger group had a lower body mass index (BMI), better serum testosterone levels, and a lower number of other medical complaints. However, smoking and the illicit use of drugs was more prevalent in the younger test subjects, and they were also more likely to report premature ejaculation. In addition, the rates of severe ED were greater in the younger group as opposed to the older group of patients at 49% and 40% respectively.
Since ED is a risk factor for various medical conditions (i.e. heart disease, diabetes, mental health problems, etc.), these study findings highlight the necessity of obtaining a thorough medical and sexual history as well as conducting a detailed physical examination, in all males complaining of erectile dysfunction, regardless of the patient’s age (Caposgrosso, 2013).
ED Patients Do Not Receive or Fill Prescriptions, Study Says
According to a recent study, the majority of males who suffer from erectile dysfunction do not get treated even though there is a wide range of treatment options available to them. Only 25% of males they looked at actually obtained treatment. Researchers conducting the study examined an insurance claims database as well as searching for the medical code, used for erectile dysfunction, in the medical records of greater than six million ED patients (30 years of age or more) between June 2010 and July 2011.
The investigators ascertained the number of subjects who filled the prescription given to them by their doctor. If a patient filled a prescription for an erectile dysfunction medication like Cialis or Viagra, prostaglandins injection, urethral suppositories, or hormone replacement, they were considered treated. While erectile dysfunction is considered to be more prevalent with aging, older males were less likely to get treatment. Approximately, 18% of males 65 and older were treated. In addition, only 15% of subjects with prostate cancer were treated.
Medical experts claim that these percentages are not what healthcare professionals tend to observe in their day to day clinical practices. Also, they believe that patients need to be interviewed in order to determine who actually receives ED treatment. The research team did speculate on probable reasons for these findings. They include:
• Doctors did not offer any treatment option to them, the patient was not considered a good candidate, or treatments did not work in the past.
• Patient did not fill the prescription at all.
• Patient did not fill the prescription due to the high cost of some ED medications, without an insurance plan.
• Patient was embarrassed.
Men who suffer from any degree of erectile dysfunction can seek medical help by using an online doctor, especially if they are too embarrassed to go to their own health care provider. With prescriptions, the patient will always receive a confidential consultation with a virtual doctor. In addition, the man can fill a prescription for erectile dysfunction medications, if needed.
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