MEN'S HEALTH - ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
Erectile dysfunction causes an inability among men to develop and maintain an erection. Erectile dysfunction results in unsatisfactory sexual intercourse due to disoriented ejaculatory disorders, such as, not being able to sustain an erection during intercourse or having premature ejaculation tendencies, etc.
Some people confuse an occasional inability to maintain an erection as erectile dysfunction.This is an incorrect diagnosis of the problem, since once in a while problems with erections are normal to most men. However an ongoing erection problem needs to be investigated. Keeping this in mind, a period of 3 months of regular problems is thought of as a fair clinical guideline.
Symptoms of erection dysfunction
- Maintaining the erection firmly throughout the period of sexual intercourse.
- Having problems in attaining an erection at any time, it could be during masturbation or with a sexual partner.
- Being able to have an orgasm and ejaculating in spite of the erection problem.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
- psychological problems
- physical pain
- side effects of medicines
- High blood pressure
- excessive substance abuse
- Hormonal disorders such as low testosterone
- heart problems
- Surgery or injury caused in the spinal cord or pelvic area
- Chronic health problems
Although numerous drugs are available to remedy erectile dysfunction, lifestyle changes to improve blood pressure and other aspects of health can provide longer lasting results without the risk of side effects.
Our Integrative Approach
Testosterone, insulin, adrenal and thyroid hormones are some of the key players that determine the health of your heart, the size of your waistline and your ability to function well in the boardroom and the bedroom. Although the interplay of hormones is complex, there is a simple underlying principle: When levels of one are suboptimal, the others also suffer. The answer to the riddle lies in weight control, not by following fad diets, but by understanding a few key cause-and-effect relationships and acting accordingly. Here’s a look:
Insulin: This hormone holds a key to body weight, risk for diabetes, heart disease and other conditions. Here’s how it works: After you eat, food is converted to blood sugar (glucose). The pancreas then produces insulin to deliver the glucose to cells to be used as energy.
High-sugar foods and drinks lead to skyrocketing glucose levels, which shift insulin production into high gear. When this high-sugar/high-insulin cycle repeats frequently, cells become overwhelmed with blood sugar and stop accepting it, a condition technically called insulin resistance. Weight gain, increased risk for heart disease and diabetes are among the results.
Thyroid: Hormones produced by the thyroid gland regulate metabolism, and iodine is a key nutrient required to produce sufficient amounts of hormones. Toxins in today’s environment and reduced levels of naturally occurring iodine in our food result in many American men (and men) having an underactive thyroid or slow metabolism, contributing to insulin resistance and obesity.
Adrenal Hormones: Produced by the adrenal gland, these hormones are necessary for healthy function of the thyroid gland and stable energy levels.
Testosterone: Excess weight, lack of exercise, insulin resistance and inadequate levels of thyroid and adrenal hormones all contribute to low levels of testosterone. In turn, low testosterone leads to further weight gain, low energy, low libido and other sexual difficulties.
Improve Mitochondrial Function: Our practitioners at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine also recommend taking CoQ10, L-carnitine, magnesium and D-ribose to support energy production in the heart. These supplements feed mitochondria, specific components within our cells that are responsible for generating energy. Mitochondria are more concentrated in the heart than in any other organ, so their optimal function is critical. It stands to reason that when we increase mitochondrial function when treating heart disease, libido and erectile potency improve as well.
Prescription medications may be added if necessary.
Eat hormone-free (preferably organic and free-range) lean meat, fish, nuts, fermented soy foods, such as tofu and miso, and plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. Limit alcoholic drinks, breads and pastas. Avoid trans fats and sodas and don’t add sugar to tea or coffee. Eat desserts rarely, if at all. Walk at least a mile a day and strength train twice per week.
To maintain healthy testosterone levels, exercise regularly and participate in any sports you enjoy, such as golf, tennis, skiing or fishing. Also, eat food that keeps blood-sugar levels in check. And keep the other hormones in good shape.
Supplements that may be recommended are
- Magnesium citrate glycinate or taurate
- N-acetylcysteine (NAC).