One of the most common sex problems that men encounter is erectile dysfunction or ED. In fact, about 15% to 20% of all sexually active men suffer from some form of erectile dysfunction. Worldwide, almost 250 million have erectile dysfunction, and that number is growing each day.
Erectile dysfunction is the condition of being unable to keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Being unable to keep an erection from time to time is normal, but when it keeps going on for many instances that’s when you may have to talk to your doctor about erectile dysfunction treatments. Erectile dysfunction is also a risk factor for heart disease and can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs immediate treatment.
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
The most obvious symptom of erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or keep a firm enough erection for sex. When this happens all the time, you most likely suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction can also be a sign of heart disease due to the limited blood flow to the penis. Several studies have shown that men with ED have higher risks of getting a stroke or a heart attack.
Besides these physical problems, erectile dysfunction can also cause psychological issues such as depression, low self-esteem, and psychological distress.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction has many possible causes, either physical or psychological, including:
- heart disease
- high cholesterol
- hypertension (high blood pressure)
- diabetes (high blood sugar levels)
- being overweight or obese
- limited blood flow to the penis
- nerves controlling blood flow are damaged
- drinking too much alcohol
- relationship problems
Lifestyle Changes can be the Best Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction
Although there is a medication that can treat erectile dysfunction, most of the time these do not cure erectile dysfunction at all. They can help you get an erection when you want to have sex, but it will not address the underlying cause of the condition. Next time you want to have sexual intercourse, you will have to take the medication again.
The exact cause of ED must be diagnosed to determine the best course of treatment. In many cases, addressing these reasons (such as hypertension or obesity) should also cure your ED. The best treatments for these situations start by changing your lifestyle.
DB Clinic recommends the following lifestyle changes that men should follow to treat their erectile dysfunction:
- Start exercising regularly.
One of the best decisions a man can make whether its for ED or other reasons is to exercise regularly. A 30-minute exercise routine each day can go a long way in improving your overall health, not just your sexual health. Exercise also increases a man’s energy levels and reduces feelings of stress. Your blood circulation also improves when you exercise and also gives you better endurance in the bedroom.
- Eat healthy food.
Consuming unhealthy food can cause many health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, which are all significant risk factors for erectile dysfunction. Eat a diet that’s good for the heart as it can improve blood circulation throughout your body – including your penis. Avoid unhealthy fats and sugars, and instead, eat more fruits and vegetables. If you want to eat meat, choose lean meats like fish and poultry. Eating healthy also helps you cure obesity, another risk factor for ED. And don’t underestimate how losing weight can boost a man’s self-esteem.
- Quit smoking and cut down on drinking alcoholic beverages.
Several studies have shown that men who smoke or have bad drinking habits are more likely to develop some form of erectile dysfunction. It’s never too late for a man to quit smoking and drinking alcohol. Not only do these contribute to ED, but they are also linked to more serious health problems such as liver and lung diseases. If you’re having a hard time quitting on your own, see a doctor or therapist to help you.
- Deal with what’s causing stress in you and your relationship.
Stress is one of the main psychological reasons for erectile dysfunction, and what causes your stress can be a multitude of reasons. It is important that you deal with these reasons directly and that you are honest with your partner about what you feel. If you can see a therapist with your partner to help you both in addressing your issues. Doing this can reflect positively in treating erectile dysfunction.
- Don’t stop engaging in sexual activity.
Erectile dysfunction can have a negative impact on a man’s self-esteem and may discourage you from engaging in further sexual activity until the ED is cured. Unfortunately, this can cause more harm than good since it can further reduce your self-esteem and may worsen your ED. Instead, continue to stay sexually active with your partner as continuous sexual arousal can stimulate blood flow to your penis and may cure your ED. Remember that ED is a common problem for men and that having it doesn’t make you less of a man. Continue to stay confident and keep your self-esteem high.
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