How To Cure ED Permanently
Erectile Dysfunction, ED, is a condition that can affect men of any age but is more prominent in older men. ED can affect your sex drive, ability to get an erection and the ability to maintain one. There are several reasons why this can happen and it is always best to talk to your doctor about it as there may be an underlying health issue at the heart of the matter.
Factors that may be affecting your erectile function include health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, obesity, emotional issues, some medications, smoking, drugs and alcohol. In this article we will discuss ways to help reduce these negative effects and improve your overall health and penile function.
It is worth noting that while ED is not something that can be permanently cured, you can take steps to manage the condition, and dramatically improve it. In this article we will look at the various treatments and steps you can take to reduce the effects of ED.
In younger males, we often find that ED is a short lived condition, but it can be a temporary condition for any man. In the short term, there are medications, such as Viagra, that can help you.
For the longer term, it is worth looking at your lifestyle and implementing changes to gain a healthier life, which in turn will impact in a positive way on your erectile dysfunction.
If you have been diagnosed with an underlying health condition that is contributing to ED, then making a few changes to your life may have a dramatic influence over the condition.
This is one of the most effective treatments with the biggest impact on erectile dysfunction. Exercise improves blood flow throughout the body, which of course is a vital part of being able to achieve an erection.
General exercise also helps to improve blood pressure, lowering high blood pressure and increasing low blood pressure, as it increases the nitric oxide in the blood vessels. Not surprisingly, this is also how Viagra works, increasing the nitric oxide
Any form of weight-bearing exercises also help to improve the natural production of testosterone in the body, which may help to improve your overall sex drive.
It is just as important to have enough sleep as enough exercise. Hormones are released at certain stages of your sleep cycle, including testosterone, which means that giving your body chance to rest and reproduce those essential hormones will also help to contribute to your overall sex drive.
Try setting a sleep schedule to adhere to. This consistency helps to signal to the brain when it is time to sleep and ensures that your body continues to perform at optimum level even when you are sleeping.
If your ED is the result of vascular disease and you are a smoker, quitting will dramatically improve your function. Smoking narrows the arteries and blood vessels that also supply the penis, so if this is a contributing factor to your ED, we strongly recommend you speak to your GP about ways to quit smoking.
Alcohol and Drugs:
Heavy alcohol consumption can cause problems with your central nervous system which is responsible for releasing nitric oxide. As discussed above, nitric oxide is an essential chemical for producing and maintaining an erection. Therefore not enough of it leads to ED.
Alcohol and drug abuse can also negatively impact on your liver function and your hormone production.
Drugs such as anabolic steroids can cause your testicles to shrink and reduce the amount of testosterone that your body is able to produce. This in turn leads to a lower libido and impacts on your ability to maintain an erection.
Reduce your Weight and Improve Your Diet
Being over weight can also lead to type 2 diabetes which can cause nerve damage throughout your body including the nerves that supply the penis causing ED.
Maintaining a healthy weight is essential not only for your heart, but for your erections too. The same foods that can cause heart attacks because of restricted blood flow in the coronary arteries may also disrupt the blood flow to and inside the penis. With poor blood flow, the penis will struggle to become erect.
Men who have a 42-inch waist or higher are 50 percent more likely to suffer with erectile dysfunction than men who have a 32-inch waist.
If you are at risk of, or have any of the conditions associated with being overweight, including erectile dysfunction, then you should really try to avoid processed, fatty, fried foods that are high in cholesterol.
Instead try to opt for a more Mediterranean style diet rich in heart-healthy fats including fish, olive oil and nuts. Also include a variety of fruits and vegetables and swap your usual tipple for red wine. You should reduce the amount of red meat you consume and increase the whole grains, avoiding the refined grains where possible.
The easy way to look at your diet is try to eat a rainbow every day.
Avoid High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol
Both high blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage your blood vessels throughout the body, including the ones that supply the penis. If this is left untreated, it may lead to ED.
Regular health checks with your doctor are advised to keep a check on your cholesterol levels and blood pressure. If the levels are at all high, it is worth getting treated asap to avoid any arterial damage resulting from hypertension. Many people mistakenly think that it is the medication for these issues is the main cause of ED, but that is not usually the case, it is normally the arterial damage.
Medications That Contribute to ED
Certain medications may cause ED as a side effect, and it is worth speaking to your doctor about the medications you are taking for other conditions to see if there is an issue. Don’t discontinue using essential medications without doctors consent and supervision.
Common medications that can contribute to ED include antidepressants, high blood pressure meds, beta-blockers, heart medication, cholesterol meds, certain diuretics, antipsychotic drugs, hormone drugs, chemotherapy and corticosteroids.
The negative sexual side effects of these drugs is a relatively high percentage, but as you can see, many of them are drugs that if you change your lifestyle, you may be able to stop using. This in turn will lead to improved erections and libido.
Medications to Help You Achieve and Maintain an Erection
There are a variety of medications specifically designed to help men attain an erection and sustain it. Each of these medications work in a similar way. They inhibit the PDE-5 enzyme and release the cGMP nucleotide during arousal which leads to the blood flowing into the penis helping to get an erection.
Cialis (Tadalafil) is a medication that can last for up to 36 hours, which means that you have a longer time frame in which to enjoy sexual activity, after taking a single tablet, than with most impotence pills.
Viagra (Sildenafil) is the worlds leading treatment for erectile dysfunction and is a fast acting medication that lasts for, on average, four hours. It will have completely left the system within 24 hours.
Levitra (vardenafil) works in a very similar way to Viagra. It should be taken 25 - 60 minutes prior to sexual intercourse and lasts for around five hours.
All these medication require sexual stimulation to activate the effects and your erection will go down after ejaculating the same way as it ordinarily would.
When you are faced with ED it can make you feel very anxious and put a strain on relationships. The psychological effects can then further feed into the problem and compound it.
Any form of stress produces the adrenaline hormone. This then makes the blood vessels contract, which in turn leads to poor blood flow throughout the body, including to the penis.
Working on ways to reduce your stress levels, relieving tension and increasing those happy hormones is not only going to make you feel better, but it could help give your sex life a boost too.
As we stated at the beginning of this article, erectile dysfunction is not something that can be cured permanently, but there are many things you can do to change your lifestyle and significantly improve your overall sexual drive and activity.
Along your journey to better penis function, we can help you by supplying the prescribed medications to give you the confidence to continue having a healthy and happy sex life.