What’s Causing Your Erectile Dysfunction?

Honestly, without meeting you it is impossible to say.  Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of those tricky diagnoses because it is triggered by a variety of medical and environmental and lifestyle conditions — everything from diabetes, endocrine disrupting chemicals in our food supply, to medications, smoking, drugs, or alcohol can all lead to impotence.

Furthermore, it is easy to be diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, as many of the symptoms are part of the process of aging.  As we get older our testosterone decreases.  This hormone is what gives men their characteristics including muscle strength, tone, virility, facial and body hair, and the deep voices we are accustomed.  What is alarming, however, is that men are now facing the responsibility of erectile dysfunction at a much earlier age.

Where erectile dysfunction was something your dad or his dad faced alone, men as young as 20 are now considering ED medication in order to live a normal, sexually satisfying life.  This is in part due to our modern lifestyles and added toxins and chemicals, but that is a whole other story in its own right.

What Can I Do About Erectile Dysfunction?

The good news is that there are as many treatment options for erectile dysfunction as there are reasons why men suffer.  Medical treatments have long been the go-to; however, these are now starting to get a bad reputation.  Pills, such as Cialis, carry a long list of side effects, including death, which are turning men away.

Cialis (tadalafil) is an oral drug called a phosphodiesterase inhibitor used for treating impotence (erectile dysfunction, or ED).  The most common side effects of Cialis are flushing (redness or warmth of the face, neck, or chest); headaches; stomach upset; diarrhea; flu-like symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, or sore throat; memory problems; muscle or back pain; and nausea.  Cialis also may cause low blood pressure, blurred vision and changes in color vision, abnormal ejaculation, and priapism.

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Moving away from prescription treatments, men may also consider surgical options such as invasive penile implant surgeries.  Not for the faint of heart, these surgeries involve slicing open the shaft of the penis to replace the spongy inner tissue with a fabricated device that can be manually inflated prior to sex.  While some men report good results, the risk of surgery is high and there are no guarantees of a full recovery.

If these sound too extreme, and honestly, why wouldn’t they be, there is a third option that is all-natural and noninvasive.  This should be your first port of call before ever considering medical intervention for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.  The reason behind this bold statement is that the Journal of Sexual Medicine published an article in May 2014 that showed how Australian researchers were able to treat erectile dysfunction without medical intervention.

Erectile Dysfunction: Increase Your Exercise

“There are many lifestyle changes that can help treat erectile dysfunction (ED), but among them, exercise is the change that can have the greatest impact,” remarks Zachary Mucher, MD, a leading urologist.  “Exercise works on several fronts to combat the development of ED and help reverse it once it has become a problem.”

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The reason exercise works so well in the treatment of ED is it improves blood flow, which (we all know) is critically important for achieving and maintaining a strong erection.  Additionally, exercise improves blood pressure by increasing nitric oxide in blood vessels, which he says is exactly how Viagra works.

Adding a weight lifting component to your workouts can also increase the natural production of testosterone, a significant factor in erectile strength and sex drive.

Erectile Dysfunction: Clean Up Your Diet

Not surprising, a clean diet also helps to maintain a healthy BMI and body weight.  This is important because researchers have discovered that men who have a 42″ waist are 50% more likely to have ED than men with a 32″ waist.

I am sure everyone knows by now about the link between obesity and type-2 diabetes; well, as it turns out, Erectile Dysfunction is one of the most common comorbid conditions that occurs in patients with Type-2 Diabetes.

Erectile dysfunction — the inability to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sex — is common in men who have diabetes.  It can stem from problems caused by poor long-term blood sugar control, which damages nerves and blood vessels.  Erectile dysfunction can also be linked to other conditions common in men with diabetes, such as high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.

Having erectile dysfunction can be a real challenge.  It can leave you and your partner feeling frustrated and discouraged.  Take steps to cope with erectile dysfunction — and get your sex life back on track.

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Erectile Dysfunction: Get Your Beauty Rest

The importance of getting enough high quality sleep, “poor sleep patterns are also a contributing factor to erectile dysfunction,” Dr. Mucher says.  One study, published in Brain Research in 2011, examined the link between sleep losses on testosterone levels in men – low concentrations of sex hormones are associated with sexual dysfunction.

If you have low T that means your levels of the male sex hormone, testosterone, has dropped below normal.  When that happens it may affect your sex life.  Your sex drive could go down.  And you might develop erectile dysfunction (ED). Men with ED have trouble getting or maintaining an erection suitable for sex.

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Hormone secretion is controlled by the body’s internal clock, and sleep patterns help the body determine when to release (and in what quantity) important male hormones, such as testosterone, HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and cortisol.

Establishing and sticking to an optimal sleep schedule is one of the best natural treatments for ED in that it helps ensure your t-levels are where they should be and your endocrine system is working to its full potential.

Erectile Dysfunction: Quit Smoking

Erectile dysfunction is often the result of vascular disease, which occurs when blood supply to the penis becomes restricted because of blockage or narrowing of the arteries.  Tobacco and smokeless tobaccos can cause the constriction of important blood vessels and have the same negative impact.

If you smoke, it’s always a good time to quit.  Smoking can cause cancer, heart disease, and emphysema.  Smoking can also cause vascular disease and inhibit circulation.  This is especially relevant to men who have erectile dysfunction (ED), because proper circulation to all areas of the body, including the genitals, is important to achieve and maintain an erection.  Men who smoke are about twice as likely to develop ED as nonsmokers.

The good news is that once you quit smoking, your health starts to improve immediately.  Your blood pressure decreases, your chance of a heart attack goes down, and circulation begins to improve within two to 12 weeks.

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Erectile Dysfunction: Cut Back On Drinking

The central nervous system is tasked with releasing nitric oxide, an essential chemical compound for achieving and maintaining an erection.  Heavy alcohol consumption depresses the central nervous system, causing it to perform suboptimum.  If your body is not getting enough nitric oxide this will quickly lead to erectile dysfunction.

Researchers have found that too much alcohol affects both your brain and your penis.  In one University of Washington study, sober men were able to achieve an erection more quickly than intoxicated men were — and some men are unable to have an erection at all after drinking.

That’s because pre-sex boozing decreases blood flow to your penis, reduces the intensity of your orgasm, and can dampen your level of excitement (in other words, even if you are able to have sex, it may not be nearly as pleasurable as it would be without the excess alcohol).

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Erectile Dysfunction: Know Your Medications

ED is often a common side effect of certain prescriptions everything from high blood pressure meds, antidepressants, a good number of diuretics, beta-blockers, heart medications, cholesterol meds, antianxiety drugs, hormone drugs, corticosteroids, chemotherapy, medications for male pattern baldness, and plain old antihistamines.

Trust me; this list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface.  There are thousand of medications that contribute to erectile dysfunction.  If you think you are taking a medication that might be causing ED, ask your doctor for advice.  However, whatever you do, do not discontinue using it before you see your physician.  Some medications need to be tapered off slowly, only under a doctor’s supervision.

If you are having problems, achieving or maintaining an erection you may want to look at your medicine cabinet first. A number of prescription and over-the-counter drugs may cause erectile dysfunction. While these drugs may treat a disease or condition, they can also affect a man’s hormones, nerves, or blood circulation, resulting in ED or increase the risk of ED.

Drugs that may cause ED are listed below. The list of possible offenders is long, so check with your doctor regarding medications you are taking to rule out any as a cause of, or contributor to, ED.

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Erectile Dysfunction: Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture

Westerners Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine is generally looked at skeptically.  Admittedly, the research is mixed on the effectiveness of acupuncture.  However, one recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concluded that acupuncture could be beneficial for men experiencing erectile dysfunction as a side effect of antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).

Acupuncture can be used to treat either form of erectile dysfunction. Acupuncture involves the insertion of long, thin needles into the body at specific acupuncture points. These locations follow the flow of energy in pathways known as meridians. The procedure is believed to open clogged meridians and allow Qi and Blood to flow more freely through the body.

When treating Erectile Dysfunction, acupuncture can be performed at Bladder 23, Du 4, and Ren 4. In cases of Kidney, deficiency that require warming, moxibustion can also be performed at these acupuncture points. The moxibustion treatment involves the burning of an herb, Ai Ye, to warm and circulate the energy in the local area, strengthening the Life Gate fire. For Blood Stasis conditions, acupuncture alone can be sufficient to break the stagnation of Blood. Additional acupuncture points, such as Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4, can be used to strongly circulate energy in the body.

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This is very good news because sexual dysfunction side effects afflict at least half of all people taking these drugs — and by some estimates, they reportedly affect up to 90% of all patients on the medication.

Erectile Dysfunction: Herbal Remedies

In addition to these lifestyle recommendations, there are a small number of 100% all natural, herbal supplements that have been clinically proven effective in achieving and maintaining healthy, youthful erections.

L-arginine, or arginine, is an amino acid found in red meat, poultry, fish and dairy products. Arginine can also be created in a laboratory. Arginine is a vasodilator, which means that it helps expand blood vessels and increase blood flow. Arginine has been studied as a treatment for erectile dysfunction in humans. Arginine is regarded as a safe treatment that is possibly effective for treating erectile dysfunction.

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VIDEO: People who have reported the best results recommend starting with a good T-Booster.  This will help tremendously, and if needed you may consider supplementing it with an all-natural, herbal, libido enhancer.  The trick is to increase your testosterone naturally and abundantly.