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Fear, embarrassment, and shame are key reasons that a diagnosis of erectile dysfunction can be missed or delayed. Many men may not seek medical care for a diagnosis and treatment because they assume that erectile dysfunction is a normal part of aging. It is important to understand that erectile dysfunction is not a natural part of getting older and that it often can be successfully treated in men of all ages.
In addition, if a man experiences sexual dysfunction, it is important to get a full medical evaluation and work-up to determine the underlying cause or causes. If left undiagnosed and untreated, some medical causes of erectile dysfunction can be serious and become life-threatening. These include diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease.
Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease is often over-diagnosed. Patients tend to assume that any memory loss or forgetulness symptom might be Alzheimer's, whereas there are many other less severe possibilities. Some level of memory decline is normal with aging, and even a slight loss of acuity may be noticed in the 30's and 40's. Other conditions can also lead a person to show greater forgetfulness. For example, depression and depressive disorders can cause a person to have reduced concentration and thereby poorer memory retention.
Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease, it can also occur from a side effect or interaction between multiple drugs that the elderly patient may be taking. There are also various other possible causes of dementia.
Tremor need not be Parkinson's disease: There is the tendency to believe that any tremor symptom, or shakiness, means Parkinson's disease. The reality is that there are various possibilities, such as benign essential tremor, which is mostly harmless. see the various causes of tremor and misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
Rare diseases misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease: A rare genetic disorder is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease for men in their 50's. The disease Fragile X disorder can show only mild symptoms in the early years, and Parkinsons-like symptoms around age 50. See misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
Some of the causes, which may potentially be dangerous or fatal if left undiagnosed, may include:
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