Prescription drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra may not be necessary to treat erectile dysfunction. In fact, these drugs only work for 50-70% of men. A study from Australian researchers and published in May 2014 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, showed that men can reverse erectile dysfunction with simple lifestyle changes. So what can we do to better our sexual performance? Here are the top 5 immediate lifestyle changes for erectile dysfunction you can implement into your life.
Ginkgo biloba comes from Chinese ginkgo tree which is originally known for its supposed cerebral enhancing effect such as improving cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. One study in 1998 indicated that ginkgo may also be effective in treating erectile dysfunction caused by antidepressant medications, however subsequent studies have called those results into question.
Exercises for ED
We featured pelvic floor erectile dysfunction exercises in a previous blog article. But one of the best ways to increase blood flow to the penis is to increase blood flow everywhere else. We are talking about good old aerobic exercise. If trimming your waist line wasn't a already priority, hopefully this will get you motivated: 71% of men reported improved erectile function after just 30 days of 6 minute per day walking regiment! What happened in the control group? A 9% increase in reported ED. As far as erectile dysfunction exercises go, walking may be the easiest and at only 6 minutes per day, it may be one of the most convenient. Weight training may also be beneficial, as well as core exercises.
Horny Goat Weed | Erectile Dysfunction History
Horny Goat Weed allegedly got its name from goat farmers who noticed that their herd would become notably 'frisky' after eating the weed. We have no idea if that's true, but we've checked out the research on some of the other claims surrounding this herb. It comes from the plant genus epimedium and has been used in traditional Chinese medications for 1,000 years. It grows naturally in both China and Korea. In the US, it is a supplement sold over the counter as tablet, capsule, powder or tea and is not regulated by FDA. The supplements containing epimedium typically are targeted as an herbal remedy for ED, low libido, fatigue and pain (creating the horny goat weed / ED linkage). It may also be advertised as testosterone booster as was supported in one rat study.
Is there a linkage between erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer? Yes. Although many advancement have been made in treatment of prostate cancer to decrease the rate of mortality, many men are left with life long side effects from treatment. Erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer are linked as ED is the most common side effect, occurring in a staggering 80% of men. The second most common is urinary leakage, occurring in 49% of men. The most common treatment options for prostate cancer include radical prostatectomy and radiation therapy which account for these side effects. The reason for this is simple: the nerves and blood vessels that control the mechanism of an erection are extremely delicate, therefore any trauma to the area will result in some form of erectile dysfunction.
Lisinopril, also known as Prinivil and Zestril, is a medication commonly used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. This medication belongs to the Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor class. Lisinopril may also be used to treat acute myocardial infarction and to prevent diabetic nephropathy. Lisinopril / erectile dysfunction have been researched, and it is found to be neutral to sexual dysfunction.
Can medications cause erectile dysfunction? Yes. Medications and street drugs can play a role in erectile dysfunction for up to 20% of men. Erectile Dysfunction is an adverse effect commonly found in wide range of medications used to treat many different disorders. Blood pressure medications and ED are often linked. Another common culprit are antidepressants.
Most people don’t pair the term “erectile dysfunction” with “biker”. The common risks we usually associate with riding motorcycles include things like physical injury from accidents, other drivers not seeing motorcycles, and reckless operation of inexperienced riders. However, a study conducted in 2006 found that 70% of male riders claimed to have difficulty achieving a full erection and emptying their bladder, indicating a motorcycle / ED linkage.
Is erectile dysfunction and low testosterone related? Yes: If you have low testosterone levels (often called "Low-T") or hypogonadism, it could be causing decreased libido (sex drive), decreased energy, stress, depression and in rare cases erectile dysfunction. Hormone replacement therapy may provide you with the needed solution to get and sustain an erection. Your doctor may decide to administer testosterone supplements if you are experiencing erectile dysfunction and low testosterone levels, although the benefits are often only moderate for the direct treatment of ED.
Yes, obesity and erectile dysfunction are related. Heavier men are 30% more likely to have problems getting and sustaining erections, according to a Harvard study. Why are obese men at an increased risk for erectile dysfunction?