Erectile dysfunction is the kind of condition that people think is very simple to understand.
Also known as impotence, it’s the inability to get and maintain an erection.
It’s widely believed that this is a condition that impacts old men, is a regular part of the aging process, and can be cured with pills like Viagra.
Did you know there are three myths in that line?
First, you don’t have to be elderly to experience erectile dysfunction. There are plenty of causes for it beyond simply aging.
And there are numerous natural remedies as well that don’t require men to shell out for expensive medications.
One thing we do know is that in the minds of a lot of men, there’s a stigma attached to experiencing erectile dysfunction. Some men may be too uncomfortable or embarrassed to seek out help.
But as with all medical conditions, the more you know and learn about it, the more successfully it can be treated.
And for any man experiencing ED, a great first step would be to contact Personalabs to take our Erectile Dysfunction Profile blood test. It’s used as a health screening for men experiencing erectile dysfunction.
But the profile also goes a step further and includes tests that provide important information about your blood sugar levels, kidneys, electrolyte and acid/base balance, and the lipids in the blood.
Why is this important? Because as “simple” as ED sounds, it’s actually a lot more complicated than most people think.
Is Erectile Dysfunction just something that seniors experience?
Absolutely not. That’s a stubborn myth, but false just the same.
Medical research has shown that there are times when men in their 20s and 30s can have problems maintaining an erection. Sometimes it’s just a onetime instance that can be attributed to stress, tension, sleeplessness or anxiety about sexual performance.
But there are also cases where younger men struggle to maintain an erection.
And it can be about more than just having a stressful day, or running on three hours of sleep. There are actually quite a few causes that can impact men of all ages, including:
• Substance abuse. A man’s erection can be impacted by heavy use of alcohol, smoking, or drugs. Studies show that substance abuse in men can lead to erectile dysfunction, regardless of their age. A 2006 study in The British Medical Journal reported ED in one in 10 men between the ages of 16 and 59 who smoked.
• Obesity. Studies have shown that being overweight can contribute to ED in men ages 20 to 45, even if they don’t drink or smoke. Men who are obese also have lower testosterone levels.
• High blood pressure. Just as studies indicate that men in their 20s and 30s can suffer from high blood pressure, there are also clear links between high blood pressure and ED. Having constricted blood vessels can lead to both conditions.
• Depression. Depression can happen to anyone, at any age, depending on the circumstances in their lives, and it can be a contributing factor to ED in young as well as older men.
• Medications. There are medications that can cause ED in young men, since some medications have the side effect of lowering their testosterone levels.
Again, this condition isn’t just about “aging.”
So what is Erectile Dysfunction?
While ED is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex, it can be about so much more. That includes an early warning sign for even more troublesome medical conditions, like future heart problems.
ED and heart problems have been linked to a buildup of plaques in your body’s arteries, known as atherosclerosis. Plaque buildup can reduce blood flow in the penis.
ED has also been linked to men who have diabetes, since it can be caused by problems controlling your blood sugar. That can damage nerves and blood vessels.
There are a lot of issues, though, that can affect the health of your penis, including:
• Unprotected sex, which could lead to a sexually transmitted infection.
• Hormone levels, including a hormone imbalance, in particular a testosterone deficiency.
• Neurological issues. A stroke, back injuries, or multiple sclerosis can affect the transfer of nerve impulses from the brain to the penis.
And yes, getting older can also be a cause of erectile dysfunction, since testosterone levels decline over time.
Can ED be cured only by medications?
No. There are other ways besides simply seeking a Viagra or Cialis prescription. A better place to start would be to ask your physician to consider other health issues which might be causing or contributing to your ED.
For example, if you’re on any medications, check with your physician to see if they’re making your ED symptoms worse. It’s possible that a change to your medications could help.
Get your stress levels checked. Finding ways to ease your stress could also help.
Also, not all men can safely take certain erectile dysfunction oral medications. That can include Viagra, Levitra, Staxyn, Cialis and Stendra.
Men who take medications for chest pains and angina, have either very low blood pressure (hypotension) or high blood pressure (hypertension), or have a kidney disease are advised not to take these ED medications.
What are some natural remedies for ED?
It’s understandable that some men would prefer to try a natural remedy first, and there are some natural options that can improve ED symptoms. They include:
1. Red Ginseng. Often called the “herbal Viagra,” it’s proven effective for men with high lipids in their blood. This herb is also known to improve blood flow.
2. DHEA is a natural hormone produced by your adrenal glands that can be converted to testosterone in men’s bodies. This dietary supplement is made from wild yam and soy. Studies indicate some men with ED have low levels of DHEA.
3. Acupuncture, which has been shown in some studies to successfully treat ED. If the work is done by a licensed acupuncturist, the risks of using acupuncture are low.
Another option is Testosterone replacement. In some men, erectile dysfunction can be caused by low levels of the hormone testosterone.
Testosterone replacement therapy can be done in several ways, including through an injection, patch, gel, or oral medication.
Conclusion: The Personalabs blood test
ED can be an awful experience for men. But it’s also important to keep in mind that it can be a sign of other health problems, from heart disease to high cholesterol.
ED is a common condition. It’s been estimated that up to 30 million men in the United States have this condition.
Before seeking any kind of treatment, take the Personalabs Erectile Dysfunction Profile blood test. We test a wide range of factors in your body. The tests included are:
• Liver Function Profile
• Hemoglobin A1c with Estimated Average Glucose
• Lipid Panel with LDL/HDL Ratio
• CBC with Differential/Platelet Count
The Personalabs blood test profile will not only help you determine the possible causes of ED, but help point you to the best solutions.
Call us today at 888-438-5227 to learn more. There’s no reason to suffer alone.