It’s usually been said the problem is in your head. But the scary thing is that erectile dysfunction can be an indicator of a serious illness. The most likely culprits are heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and multiple sclerosis. Independent of the origin it tends to cause dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, and problems with fertility
It’s been a topic of many jokes on TV. But erectile dysfunction (ED) is no laughing matter for the men affected. The condition occurs when a man is unable to get or keep an erection. Several myths are circulating about the causes. The most prevalent, that it’s a consequence of getting old. But doctors say it’s not a rule that impotence comes only with old age. Though, the likelihood of erectile dysfunction does increase with age. Over 20 percent of men over 60 years of age are impotent. The reason is that as we advance in years, our body becomes susceptible to more health problems.
Research has disproven the myth of psychological causes. Studies have shown that only 10 percent of ED problems stem from underline physiological issues. But 90 percent are caused by some kind of chronic illness. That been said, both can affect one another, one bad night can lead to depression.
Sign of a Future Heart Attack
Before jumping to conclusion that the failure to have an erection, means that you are nearing death bed. The first step is to look into the medication you are using. Certain medications like antidepressants or blood pressure medications, affect hormones, blood circulation, which in turn make it difficult to get an erection.
It may not be possible to discontinue all medications that may interfere with sexual functioning. In this situation, developing alternative means of sexual expression and encouragement. Enhancing the senses through nonsexual touch and the use of massage, dancing, music. Referral for cognitive behavioral therapy may be beneficial. It’s important to consult a doctor and exclude any medication that you may be taking as the reason for your impotence.
If the reason is not a medication therapy, that has been prescribed for an existing condition. Then a detailed examination is recommended to diagnose the cause. Medical conditions that put men at risk for impotence are:
- Low testosterone
- High cholesterol
- Chronic kidney disease
- High blood pressure
- Multiple sclerosis
- Peyronie’s disease.
- Prostate treatment drugs
Heart disease is the most common reason. The worrying thing is that both heart disease and erectile dysfunction are very similar. Symptoms may occur earlier than those due to cardiovascular issues. Atherosclerosis, the narrowing of blood vessels throughout parts of the body, is believed to be the most common cause of erectile dysfunction. It’s also a warning sign of a stroke or heart attack.
Chronic respiratory problems can be accompanied by fatigue and poor stamina. The physiologic demands of sexual activity can lead to shortness of breath. Benefit can be derived from a physical rehabilitation program to enhance muscle tone and strength.
Cancer that requires testicular or prostate surgery can have negative effects on sexual health. Medications that have a significant antiandrogenic effect, may interfere with sexual interest.
The negative side effects of various cancer treatments include changes in physical appearance, because of surgery or radiation therapy. Fear and low self-esteem may reduce interest in sex.
Make Good Lifestyle Choices
The mantra is eating well and exercise. But it’s easier said than done. Poor daily health decisions may affect your ability to get an erection. Smokers and alcoholics enjoy the buzz that is afforded to them by their stimulant of choice, but the price they pay for that pleasure can manifest itself with erectile dysfunction. Helpful tip, stay away from the grease food. Eat foods high in flavonoids if you want to reduce the risk of impotence.
Diet goes hand in hand with exercise. But everything in moderation. Be cautious of any physical activity that could injure your body. Recently, men have expressed concern about cycling, a sport that has increased in popularity. A study published in the Journal of Men’s Health concluded that this exercise does not contribute to ED.
Treatments Have Improved
You may also be given medication to treat atherosclerosis, such as cholesterol-lowering statins drugs to reduce your blood pressure. It at least two-thirds of cases, medication as Viagra, have been successful in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Vacuum pumps that encourage blood to flow to the penis and cause an erection are also successful in 90% of cases.
In recent years, treatments have improved. Although it may be embarrassing to have the condition. If the cause can be identified, then the chances of being able to have sex again are great.