From stress, to diabetes, even back surgery. Many things can cause erectile dysfunction and there are many ways to treat it.
But men, if you don't want to pop a pill or go under the knife listen up. There are ways to fight E.D. naturally.
It's easy to find commercials for drugs to treat it. But finding a man to talk about erectile dysfunction is not as easy.
The National Institutes of Health Reports E.D. affects as many as 30 million men in the U.S. The risk increases with age.
Doctor Zamip Patel sees patients of all ages.
"So basically, as young as teens to as old as 80’s," says Dr. Zamip Patel, MD, Urologist/Andrologist at Florida Hospital.
A surgical implant is the last resort, but, as a first option.
"Most patients want a natural treatment," explains Dr. Patel.
A Harvard study found walking 30 minutes a day is linked to a 41 percent drop in E.D. Risk.
Food can help fight it too. Dark chocolate contains flavinoids that can improve circulation issues that cause E.D.
Nitrates in leafy greens like spinach and celery and a protein in pistachios can also help with blood flow, and studies show watermelon can have effects similar to Viagra.
"The idea is that these are high in antioxidants and that can help," said Dr. Patel.
A little muscle building can be beneficial too, but not some muscles. Doctor Patel says, exercising the muscle at the base of the penis can help maintain an erection. It's easy to do.
"Every time you pee, start and stop the stream," explains Dr. Patel.
There are a few other simple things that can improve your sex life.
Harvard's Healthbeat reports a man with a 42 inch waistline is 50 percent more likely to have E.D. than a man with a 32 inch waistline. That's because fat creates estrogen and lowers testosterone, which can decrease erectile function.
Fighting E.D. Naturally
BACKGROUND: An estimated 30-million American men have erectile dysfunction, and seven out of ten cases are caused by a potentially deadly condition. Erectile dysfunction (impotence) occurs when a man can no longer get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Having erection trouble from time to time isn't necessarily a cause for concern, but if erectile dysfunction is an ongoing problem, it may cause stress, cause relationship problems or affect a man's self-confidence.
(Source: www.webmed.com; www.mayoclinic.com)
SYMPTOMS: Erectile dysfunction symptoms may include persistent:
* Trouble getting an erection
* Trouble keeping an erection
* Reduced sexual desire
CAUSES: In most cases, erectile dysfunction is caused by something physical. Common causes include:
* Tobacco use
* Metabolic syndrome, a condition involving increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist and high cholesterol
* Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
NATURAL TREATMENT: For eons men have been trying numerous remedies to cure E.D. For example:
* Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been used to treat male sexual problems for centuries
* Arginine. The amino acid L-arginine, which occurs naturally in food, boosts the body's production of nitric oxide, a compound that facilitates erections by dilating blood vessels in the penis
* Ginseng. Korean red ginseng has long been used to stimulate male sexual function
For More Information, Contact:
Dr. Zamip Patel
East Orlando Urology
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