Erectile dysfunction (or ED) has become a topic of popular interest, but is still greatly misunderstood by men and the general public. Modern medical research has been revisiting the study of erectile dysfunction in recent years, due to the rising use of ED pill treatments like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. Use of drugs for the treatment of ED has provoked questions from researchers, about the best treatment of male sexual health issues.
For most men, sexual health is a private issue and often considered taboo to discuss openly. Often men jump at the opportunity to use drugs, as a quick fix for erectile dysfunction. In many cases, other health factors and treatment options should be considered before using pills to treat ED. For male sexual health, the most commonly recommended treatment is weight loss.
An Overview of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is an inability to achieve and sustain an erection that remains hard enough for normal sexual activity. ED is often referred to as male impotence, but distinct and different from other sexual dysfunctions like priapism, premature ejaculation or curvature of the penis. Erectile dysfunction in males age 60 and older is normal, as the sex drive decreases and the body produces lower levels of testosterone.
Most male erectile dysfunction is the result of organic problems. Meaning that ED stems from their physical issues not psychological problems, unlike other sexual dysfunctions in men. A greater majority of male erectile dysfunction is related to the penis not getting enough blood flow to stay firm. These onsets of ED usually indicate a male has circulatory problems, often related to the physical condition of their body. For many men, being overweight is a precursor to their sexual impotence.
The Role of Obesity in Erectile Dysfunction
Males with diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, high blood cholesterol and smokers, are more likely to be effected by erectile dysfunction. Equally high numbers of males that suffer from depression, anxiety and stress disorders are at risk for ED. All these health problems and common risk factors are also commonly linked to male obesity. This is why the role obesity plays in erectile dysfunction is being studied by medical researchers. Obesity is almost always a contributing factor to circulatory problems, so again it can be linked to the onset of ED in males.
The common risk factors actually dovetail, no matter which ones appeared first symptomatically. Obesity puts men at higher risk for many chronic diseases of the heart and circulatory system, which can lead to male sexual problems. In turn, the psychological impact of erectile dysfunction on men, often leads to a behavior pattern of excessive weight gain. In contrast to these physical correlations with obesity, nearly all medical research shows that losing weight reduces and often eliminates all common risk factors.
Counselors with the Mayo Clinic endorse weight loss and lifestyle changes in treatment of ED, rather than prescription pills for sexual dysfunctions. The American Medical Association has publicly stated that obesity impedes blood flow and that losing weight improves circulation to the heart and other organs, such as the penis. Clinical studies by Princeton experts recommend optimization of sexual functionality by raising the level of cardiovascular health through weight loss, when treating erectile dysfunction.
How Weight Loss Can Turn the Game?
Losing weight is really about lifestyle choices. Men who have erectile dysfunction often need to realize the big picture, as their health problems don’t stem from a single source. ED is common among males that drink heavily, use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes or eat to deal with stress. The complicated way that their physically detrimental habits are interactive with their psychological behaviors, may make it necessary to seek help in dealing with their health problems holistically.
Men who lose even 5 to 10 percent of their body mass will have lower blood pressure, balanced cholesterol levels and greatly reduce all common risk factors, especially for heart disease. Cardiovascular exercise is the best way to lose weight naturally, as sexual problems can be aggravated by extreme dieting methods or taking medication for weight loss.
The potential benefits from losing weight are not just related to sexual performance. Weight loss promotes all aspects of health, wellbeing and a positive self-image. With the right combination of lifestyle changes and attention to their general health, most men can cure their erectile dysfunction.