Erectile dysfunction is something that many people suffer from and there is a lot of misinformation out there about how to deal with and cure it. 50% of men over the age of 40 are effected by ED (erectile dysfunction).
The most common cause of ED is “vasculopathy”, which is damage to the blood vessels in the penis. This vasculopathy is often associated with age but strongly related to atherosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Another common cause is low testosterone. Research shows that when we treat the original cause, often erectile function returns.
At Protea we approach each case individually. We know each patient requires a unique approach. Our treatment of erectile dysfunction includes a full work-up looking at- blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and hormone balance.
When a man starts to say things in the bedroom along the lines of, “I’m stressed out,” “just too tired tonight, I guess,” or “I’m too old for a sex life,” they are wrong on all accounts, says the medical director of Physicians Erectile Dysfunction Centers.
While the problem of impotence is very real, Dr. Michael Trombley, Medical Director of the Physicians E.D. Centers, says the common reasons why men believe they have erectile dysfunction are simply myths.
Here are five of them:
1. Erectile Dysfunction is part of the normal aging process.
Erectile dysfunction is not normal and even more than that, it could suggest serious underlying medical concerns, said Trombley. ED has a strong association to cardiovascular disease. A recent study found that ED may precede a patient’s heart attack by five years — so consider it a possible warning sign and get checked out. Diabetes and high blood pressure have also been linked to ED.
2. You are the only person suffering from it.
ED is more common than people realize. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 5 percent of men age 40 and between 15 percent and 25 percent of men age 65 experience ED on a long-term basis.
3. Once it starts, you can’t reverse it.
With tailored medical treatments, a return of function certainly occurs in many cases. Improving heart health by losing weight, exercising more and quitting smoking generally enhance erectile performance as well as improve overall health. Sex therapy counseling can also help if the underlying cause is pyschological.
The first step is being examined by a doctor.
4. It’s all in your head.
No, actually it may be in other parts of your bodily system. The Mayo Clinic notes that male sexual arousal is a “complex process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction can result from a problem with any of these.” Don’t underestimate stress and mental health concerns causing or worsening erectile dysfunction.
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