Men see erectile dysfunction as public [health] enemy #1. Until recently, it has been a secret issue, admitted to by very few. The fact is, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, erectile dysfunction affects 1 in 5 men 20 of years and older. The prevalence increases with age, with 77% of men over 74 years old being affected. Lifestyle factors (diabetes, obesity, smoking, etc.) have proven to be among the primary risk factors for developing this disease. Based on the comprehensive national assessment, racial ethnicity was also seen as being associated with the prevalence of erectile dysfunction. Hispanic men had twice the risk as white men at younger ages due to culturally influenced lifestyle factors. The best way to fight an enemy is to cut off its support, and apparently, unhealthy living with its associated risk factors directly support erectile dysfunction. With this being the case, the most potent weapons to use against this enemy should involve a knife, fork, and tennis shoes.
Saigal CS, Wessells H, Pace J, Schonlau M, Wilt TJ; Urologic Diseases in America Project. Predictors and prevalence of erectile dysfunction in a racially diverse population. Arch Intern Med. 2006 Jan 23;166(2):207-12. PubMed PMID:16432090.-