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5 Tips to Keep ED at Bay

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the last thing any man wants to deal with, but it affects millions. Men of any age can have it, but it affects men more as they get older. Severe cases affect 5% of men over 40 and 15% of men at age 70, while mild cases affect about 10% of men per decade (50% of 50 years olds, 60% of 60 year olds, etc). Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent and treat erectile dysfunction, often using simple methods anyone can do.

Dealing with ED is difficult for any man, but men in the Santa Monica, California, area dealing with it can call on the expertise and experience of Dr. Mark J. Kelly.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Most of the physical causes of erectile dysfunction are also conditions that complicate cardiovascular health. Diabetes, heart disease, clogged arteries, obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol are commonly associated with ED. Other causes for this condition include multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, alcoholism, tobacco use, low testosterone, and various sleep disorders. 

ED can also be worsened by emotional conditions like depression and stress. The loss of sexuality that ED causes can have a heavy impact on relationships and a man’s own sense of self-worth.

How do I prevent ED?

Most methods of prevention are also similar to methods of preventing many cardiovascular conditions:

1. Reduce alcohol and stop smoking

Alcohol abuse can lead to issues with weight gain and damage to other areas of the body. Smoking damages the lungs and many other areas of the body. Reducing or eliminating both will help a great deal.

2. Engage in regular exercise

Regular exercise that helps with weight loss can reduce many of the causes of ED, including a number of cardiovascular conditions and diabetes. Maintaining a healthy weight will help to increase erectile function and lower risk of other life-threatening conditions.

3. Lower cholesterol

Also connected to the complications of cardiovascular disease and other weight-related conditions, lowering bad cholesterol will help to reduce many underlying conditions that can lead to ED. This will also help reduce the blocking of the arteries that can directly cause ED.

4. Reduce stress

Stress and anxiety can contribute to other causes of ED and make them worse. Health changes, relationship changes, loss of a loved one, and fear of aging can all be forms of stress and anxiety that make ED worse.

5. Manage underlying conditions

ED patients already dealing with cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and other conditions will need to manage those issues to reduce weight, cholesterol, and issues with ED.

How do I treat it?

Aside from the methods mentioned above, which are all good for long term health as well as treating ED many medications are available. Medications that enhance nitric oxide in the blood can help to increase blood flow and relax muscles in the penis. These include sildenafil (Viagra®), tadalafil (Adcirca®, Cialis®), vardenafil (Levitra®, Staxyn®), and avanafil (Stendra®). Patients already dealing with heart failure, low blood pressure or are already taking nitrate pills will not be able to use this method. Self-injections, urethral suppositories, and testosterone replacement treatments are also available.

So, as bad as erectile dysfunction can be, it can be managed and prevented. If you are experiencing any problems from these conditions, make an appointment with Dr. Kelly today to discuss your options.

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