Erectile dysfunction and the relationship with other diseases

Erectile dysfunction is found mostly in people over 40 years because the penile blood flow is reduced, which creates difficulties in obtaining and maintaining an erection.  Men have little control over their erections, especially during puberty. Once they reach 40 years sexual problems occur more often, but the good news is that erectile dysfunction can be treated; there are many options: medicines, alternative and natural pills, surgery etc.

If a man is suffering from erectile dysfunction, he is not able to satisfy his partner because he cannot maintain an erection more than 2-3 minutes. Many people suffer from this disease because of poor emotional relationship with his partner. A quarter of men with erection problems also present a cardiovascular risk. This happens because the penile artery is one of the tightest in the human body. Thus, in case of hypertension, cholesterol or diabetes, this is the first obstructed artery. It is known that erectile dysfunction usually appear about three years before the occurrence of heart problems, so it can be considered as one of the first signs of vascular problems; one more reason for you to consult a doctor when you are facing this kind of problem.

According to statistics 7% of people who are suffering from erectile dysfunction also present kidney problems, heart diseases and general malaise. Approximately 40-50% of diabetics also have erectile dysfunction. Diabetes destroys nerves and blood vessels in the penis. When nerves are affected and penile artery is affected by this disease is very hard to get an erection. Controlling the blood sugar regularly can prevent and stop erectile dysfunction symptoms in early stages. Nerve damage can be prevented if you stop smoking, limit the alcohol amount, do regular exercise and follow a healthy diet, as doctor or dietitian prescribed.

Almost 20% experience erectile dysfunction because of psychological reasons. These factors can be: lack of confidence, poor relationship with the partner, stress, anxiety, depression. In many cases men become more anxious when sexual problems occur and so, they create a vicious circle that maintains erectile dysfunction. In order to treat depression or learn to mange stress it is best to see a doctor who specializes in such matters like a sexual therapist. Also an open communication with the partner is essential if you want to find the exact reason of your problem.

Also adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes weight loss, giving up cigarettes, alcohol and other harmful substances is very important. Smoking and obesity are directly linked to sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction.

How do aphrodisiacs work?

Recent a study made by Canadian researchers has shown that herbal natural aphrodisiacs may have better effects and are healthier than many drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. Study results show that three herbs can enhance sexual function without side effects: ginseng, saffron and Yohimbine. Aphrodisiacs have been used for thousands of years throughout the world, but the scientific explanation behind the rumor has never been well understood or interpreted.

Study results show that drugs such as Viagra can treat erectile dysfunction but do not increase sexual desire and also have side effects, while natural do not have side effects and also improve sexual function. We need natural products that enhance sex without having negative side effects. Drugs can cause headaches, muscle pain and weakness of vision and may have dangerous interactions with other substances.

The researchers have studied the effects of herbs like ginseng, Epimedium, Muira Pauma and Maca root, saffron and Yohimbine (extracted from the Yohimbe tree in western Africa) and have found significant results in improving sexual function and stimulating sexual desire. Also the scientists recommend caution, because, according to them, there is still insufficient evidence to support widespread use of these substances as effective erectile dysfunction pills.

Aphrodisiacs can influence one of the six senses, or a combinations of several; sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and, eventually, but not least, the mind, are the recipients of sexual stimulus. In both women and men, it’s all about hormones and testosterone. The entire process can be summarized as follows: first, signals are sent to the brain through the nervous system in the pelvic region.

These signals dilate blood vessels. Expansion in turn creates an erection. An erection is followed by rapid heartbeat. Meanwhile, our brain releases noradrenalin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that induce pleasure. Aphrodisiacs can work in two ways: some create sexual appetite by influencing the mind, while others affect the body. For example, anything that increases blood flow to the genitals can simulate the sexual appetite.

Worldwide, many plants known for their aphrodisiac, exciting and invigorating effect. Aphrodisiac plants contain mostly alkaloids, very active compounds containing nitrogen molecules that act strongly on the brain. Others contain alkaloids which contain an acetylcholine-like substance: belladonna, datura, henbane, mandragora. Chocolate and cocoa are fenetilamine, like nor epinephrine, which promotes secretion of hormones and endorphins.

Many effects of aphrodisiacs were discovered by accident after some people reported an increase in sexual activity as a result of taking them. Many pharmaceutical companies use these unexpected effects to develop drugs that overcome lack of libido in individuals suffering from different sexual dysfunction.

Low testosterone in men

The role of testosterone in male development is crucial. Thus, high levels of testosterone are found since the intrauterine life in male fetus. At this stage, testosterone dictates the formation and development of male genitalia (penis, scrotum, ducts). For this reason identification of genital abnormalities at birth, including penis less than 3 cm, requires identification of exact causes, not only the correction of them. Testosterone will remain high until the end of the first year of life, when begins a restful period. Starting with puberty testosterone levels begin to rise again, causing the appearance of secondary sexual characteristics.

They may be permanent (they do not regress if there is a further decrease in the level of testosterone), competitive (are dependent on normal level of androgen hormones) and mixed. Permanent characteristics determine by testosterone are: anatomical development of penis, scrotum, and voice changing (androgen effects on the larynx). Competitive features are: bone mineral density, muscle mass and the level of erythropoietin. A mixed character influenced by male hormone is beard and hair growth.

With age comes a decline in physiological (normal) level of testosterone, similar to menopausal women, but this decrease happens at a much slower rate and men do not experience neurovegetative phenomena  like women (heat waves, facial flushing, sweating).

However such symptoms may occur in patients suffering from prostate cancer.

Testosterone may decrease, without any signs and symptoms, when there is a low sexual desire (libido) or men suffer from some sexual dynamic disturbances such as erectile dysfunction, incomplete erections, and premature ejaculation. Also the occurrence of gynecomastia (breast development in men) is accompanied by a decrease in androgen hormones.

When testosterone decreases at a young age the impact on quality of life is much more severe because sexual disorders like erectile dysfunction occur. These sexual disorders are accompanied by a marked fatigue and a decrease in muscle mass. Also lack of testosterone can determine a severe depression; the individual becomes irritable, nervous, frustrated. In many cases erectile dysfunction and other sexual disorder determine the occurrence of performance anxiety.

Because the individual often cannot define these conditions, family and sexual partner need to refer him to an endocrinologist specialist or urologist. The most important step in the diagnosis of sexual dysfunction is medical history – discussion with the patient. Also the doctor will perform various tests to determine the exact cause. The most common reasons for low testosterone in men are: exposure to various environmental factors, trauma, drugs, various systemic diseases or disorders of pituitary gland. Sexual dysfunctions are common affections; men should not be ashamed because they can be solved in the vast majority of cases.

Facts about erectile dysfunction

Everyone knows what impotence or erectile dysfunction is – the difficulty of obtaining or maintaining an erection during sexual intercourse. Although many believe that this is a specific old age problem (and indeed, almost a third of elderly men are suffering from temporary or permanent impotence), it may also affect younger men.

It is believed today that impotence can be caused both by physical health problems, as well as psychological problems. Physical reasons that can cause erectile dysfunction are varied, the most common being: endocrine causes, neurological diseases and penile vascular disease. However, some medical treatments or use of certain substances may be the primary cause of the occurrence of erectile dysfunction at an early age: some antidepressants, antihypertensive, drugs, alcohol, too much smoking, a generally unhealthy and erratic lifestyle can also determine this disorder. About 40 percent of men over 40 years have experienced some form of erectile dysfunction.

Researchers found that men who have sedentary jobs are more likely to be affected by impotence. Studies show men working in the financial sector tend to seek medical help to a greater extent than those at any other job. There is also a tendency for those with male specific occupations to consider they are immune to such failures, so they ignore the symptoms for years instead of addressing a doctor.

Erectile dysfunction is considered an embarrassing issue, many men consider that it damages their masculinity, making them “less men”, so they rarely talk about this problem and unfortunately sometimes medical examination happens too late. It is essential that the man who has faced several times erectile problems to make a full review, both medically and psychologically, to determine the primary cause of impotence: physical or psychological. Only through this step he can proceed to solve the problem. If he thinks “it will be better next time” is not going to find realistic solutions. If a complete medical examination revealed no physical cause for erectile dysfunction, then mental problems are causing this condition.

There are many treatments available that can improve sexual function. One handy approach is a proper diet. Celery is known for its refreshing properties, also pepper and ginger can stimulate erection due to high levels of vitamins B compounds. Hazelnuts and peanuts are great for boosting male sexual function due to oil vegetable and vitamin E. a high sexual tone can be also obtained with royal jelly, honey products and ginseng-based formulas. Besides diet you can also try herbal erection pills. Due to natural ingredients do not cause side effects like prescribed drugs and in addition have a positive effect on the body.

Can alcohol cause erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability achieve an erection or the inability to maintain the erection long enough to have a complete sexual act. Every man can have difficulties, at some point in his life, in achieving an erection. According to medical specialist someone with erectile dysfunction have these problems quite frequently, at least 25% of the time. The most common causes of this condition are: diabetes (high blood sugar), atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), hypertension (high blood pressure), some medications such as antidepressants, fatigue, brain or spine injuries and excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

Alcohol consumption is wide spread and culturally accepted. It is a part of community social life, being used as a drink in the various life situations and as a method of treatment. 90% of people consume alcohol at some point in life, and alcohol problems occur in about 30% of drinkers.

We know that erection begins in the brain, it detests the sexual stimulation and sends nervous message to the penile muscle, causing it to relax. As a result the blood flow increases, venous valves close and erection occurs. In case of alcohol abuse, even though the penile tissue expand and allows blood flow, it cannot prevent backflow; as a result the penis cannot stay erect.

Excessive consumption of alcohol generates a psychological addiction, at first, and then organic toxicity. Alcohol abuse leads to liver dysfunction, which influence the hormonal balance of the body. As a result testosterone levels in men decrease leading to a low sexual desire, and eventually to a reduce sperm count and erectile dysfunction. Also excessive alcohol use worsens the main medical conditions that lead to erectile dysfunction: diabetes and high blood pressure.

Alcohol is a sedative and it depresses the nervous system and it numbs the nerve endings in the genitals, causing slower reflexes.

This is also the reason why drunken people experience fuzzy thinking. Also excessive alcohol use has a negative influence sperm quality.

Alcohol also disrupts the physiological activity of the cardiovascular system causing grave consequences that endanger the lives: high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorders, increased risk of heart attack and stroke are the most common. Alcoholic cardiomyopathy appears after a period of more than 10 years of alcohol consumption and has a severe evolution, but can be relieved by abstinence. Cardiovascular disorders are the main causes of erectile dysfunction. However, in healthy individuals moderate drinking can improve the blood flow and should not cause erectile dysfunction.