What are the Peyronie’s Risk Factors?
There are several possible, even likely, known Peyronies risk factors. However the links between these factors and developing the condition have not been conclusively proven. Knowing about these risk factors may help preventing your Peyronie’s disease of getting worse than it already is.
First, what do all men with Peyronie’s disease have in common? Who can develop peyronies disease?
Who Can Get Peyronie’s Disease?
There are is no such thing as a typical Peyronies sufferer. Peyronies can affect any adult male, of any ethnicity, though some men are generally a lot more susceptible and prone to developing the disease than some others are.
PD is most commonly found in men between the ages of 45 and 65. This may possibly be because the natural elasticity of the connective tissue begins to decline as a person’s age increases. Age-related changes in the tissues may cause them to be more easily injured and less likely to heal well, if at all.
Men stay sexually active for longer these days, thanks to improved overall health and sexual performance aids such as Viagra and vacuum pumps. Peyronies risk factors are therefore increasing among older men, just as much as it’s increasing among younger Peyronie’s sufferers. For the youngsters, this may be due to their willingness to seek professional help moreso than men of older generations due to possible embarrassment.
Men of any ethnic group can develop Peyronie’s, though it seems to be more common in Caucasian men moreso than any other ethnicity. However, the reason could well be that they tend to be afraid of seeking medical assistance for this delicate condition.
How Common is Peyronie’s Disease?
Peyronie’s disease is most often described as a rare condition though most specialists believe it is much more common than one previously believed. The figure is now generally thought to be substantially higher than the official figures originally stated. This is partially due to the nature of the disease, i.e. many men are reluctant to seek help or even admit that there is a problem with their penis. Men with relatively mild symptoms may also not report them, or even be aware they have Peyronie’s disease.
A study done back in 1995 estimated that Peyronie’s affected approximately 1% of all men, while more recent studies have estimated that figure to be much closer between 3% to 9%.
The Association of Peyronie’s Disease Advocates (APDA) believes that Peyronie’s disease is seriously under-diagnosed and that in reality it actually affects more than 9% of all men, which means that it is nowhere near as rare of a condition as many seem to have reported.
Even Autopsy studies have shown that earliest microscopic changes associated with peyronies are actually quite common of a finding in the general male population. It seems that many men develop these changes but only a small portion of the changes ever evolve into anything serious enough to become noticeable by the human eye. Whatever the exact figure is, at least one thing is for sure, you are not alone.
What Are The Peyronie’s Risk Factors?
No one seems to know for sure what causes Peyronie’s or why some men get it but not others.
There may be a genetic link, i.e. PD could be inherited. There is also possible link with other genetic disorders (connective tissue disorder).
The following factors are more common among Peyronie’s sufferers then the rest of the population, making them possible Peyronie’s risk factors:
- Low testosterone
- Lifestyle, especially smoking
- Age (the prevalence of Peyronies increases with age)
- Undergoing invasive penis procedure (like prostate surgery)
- Low quality erection (making the penis more likely to buckle)
- Other health problems (e.g. diabetes and circulatory disorders like high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries)
These are all possible, even likely, Peyronie’s risk factors but the link between these factors and developing Peyronie’s is still yet to be conclusively proven.
Can You Prevent Getting Peyronie’s Disease?
Being that there is no definite cause of peyronies and any stated cause would purely be a speculation, it must be said that you cannot prevent getting Peyronie’s disease but you can certainly reduce the Peyronie’s risk if you base your lifestyle around preventing the possible causes that have so far been noted as likely causes.
Age is something we all must deal with, so since aging is something that you cannot prevent, the best you can do is monitor your overall health and act on any health problems as soon as detected. You can quit smoking, have your testosterone level checked, and also monitor your erection quality in order to act immediately should any erection problems arise. However, if you are reading this, you are likely to be already suffering from Peyronie’s disease else you would probably not have searched for such information to begin with. If this is the case, then taking the proper action can at least prevent the condition from getting worse and possibly even help to straighten your curved penis.