Report: Erectile dysfunction rates in military are increasing

While erectile dysfunction is typically an uncomfortable subject for most men, it's a health issue that can only be alleviated through communication.

While erectile dysfunction is typically an uncomfortable subject for most men, it's a health issue that can only be alleviated through communication. Speaking to your physician about prescription medications such as Cialis is one of the primary ways to take action on this condition that affects approximately 18 million men in the U.S. alone, according to John Hopkins University. While there are many dynamics to being at a heightened risk for incompetence, one study is alluding to a certain honorable profession showing an alarming trend of ED cases within their field.

In an article published by the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report for the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, researchers stated that the amount of erectile dysfunction cases in the military . During the decade-long study, there were a total of 100,248 reported cases of ED with active military servicemen, essentially equating into an average rate of 12.6 cases per 1,000 people in 2013 - which is up from 5.8 cases per 1,000 people in 2004. When all the figures were added up, an average of 10,000 new cases of ED were reported every year by men in the military.

There are a variety of both mental and physical health factors that can play into the risk of ED, but the overwhelming majority of military ED cases were attributed to psychogenic side effects. Servicemen who had experienced a breakup were found to be the most at risk for developing symptoms of ED, with reports indicating that separated, divorced, and widowed military personnel had an almost four-fold higher crude incidence rate of erectile dysfunction compared to servicemen who had never married.

Another intriguing dynamic to the report was that instances of ED were found to be lowest amongst those in active duty who had an education level of high school or lower. While further research is necessary to truly determine what exactly is the cause in the overall spike of ED cases in the military, previous studies have indicated that soldiers who have experienced forms of post-traumatic stress disorder are known to be at a higher risk of developing symptoms of incompetence.

Kevin Russell, a Navy captain and director of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, discussed how the wide usage of ED medication has downgraded this condition to a minor health defect rather than a growing epidemic.

"Since the advent of effective oral therapy for erectile dysfunction, this condition has been better recognized as a common medical disorder and as the reported by men to healthcare providers," Russell said in a statement. "This report is unique in its ability to clarify the epidemiology of this condition in a large population of men, namely active component U.S. servicemen."

Know your risk factors
Sometimes erectile dysfunction is inevitable for men, especially through aging, but there are a number of other dynamics that can play into developing this condition. Some of these risk factors include:

  • Frequent stress and anxiety
  • Using too much tobacco
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Prescription medication side effects
  • Being overweight

Luckily, medical breakthroughs have been developed through prescription drugs such a Cialis to help sufferers of ED eliminate their symptoms. Consult with your physician about potential pharmaceutical treatment for your erectile dysfunction.