Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Though ED is more likely to occur with age, increasing 15 percent in men over 65, it is not an inevitable part of aging. Erectile dysfunction, often referred to as "impotence" can be prevented and most often treated in cases where prevention failed. Left untreated, it can erode the quality of life for you and your partner. Are you listening now? Here are some helpful hints for preventing and treating ED.
Things You'll Need
- To quit smoking
- Exercise plan
- Blood sugar monitor
- Treatment plan
One little known fact is that erectile dysfunction is a common complication of diabetes. In fact, diabetes is one of the leading causes of erectile dysfucntion in most known cases. You can reduce your risk of developing erectile dysfunction, prevent it from worsening and, in many cases, safely and effectively treat it by simply treating your diabetes.
Don't be embarrassed to talk to your doctor. Erectile dysfunction is more common that you think. As many as 80 percent of men with diabetes develop erectile dysfunction compared to 22 percent of men without diabetes. Talking to your doctor before a problem occurs can help you delay or prevent erectile dysfunction altogether?
Don't be fooled by your age. Erectile dysfunction most frequently develops after age 65. However, in men with diabetes it tends to occur 10 or 15 years earlier, on average. Even men in their 30s and younger with diabetes have been known to experience erectile dysfunction.
Take matters into your own hands by learning to control your blood sugar. Good blood sugar control can prevent the nerve and blood vessel complications that lead to erectile dysfunction.
If you smoke, stop! Smoking and other tobacco use causes blood vessels to narrow, contributing to blockages that can lead to erectile dysfunction. There are a million reasons to stop; maybe this one will finally convince you.
Make healthy lifestyle changes and choices. Losing excess weight and increasing your daily physical activity may help men regain sexual function without the use of traditional medical treatments.
If lifestyle changes, healthy living and psychotherapy do not work, you might consider using oral treatments or injections to treat ED. Oral treatments like Viagra help to improve the response to sexual stimulation, while drugs injected directly into the penis cause it to engorge with blood, mimicking the reaction of an erection.
By working with your physician to care for your diabetes, you can take defensive steps and learn about the best treatments for your situation. The more educated and honest you are with yourself and your partner, the more likely you are to prevent its detrimental effects.