Ask An Erectile Dysfunction Specialist – What are the Best Ways to Prevent ED?
If you have visited an erectile dysfunction specialist you’re not alone. It’s estimated that more than 50% of men experience ED symptoms at some point in their lives. And although erectile dysfunction becomes more common as you age, ED can also affect younger men.
When you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, your erectile dysfunction specialist may discuss a few different ED treatment options with you.
The good news is that like bouts of insomnia, symptoms of erectile dysfunction can disappear as quickly as they arrive. And there are many ways you can reduce the impact of ED symptoms, and possibly even prevent erectile dysfunction.
How is Erectile Dysfunction Caused?
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough or long enough to have sex. Some use the term impotence to describe ED, but that term is being used less often.
An erection starts in your brain. When you are sexually stimulated – either by touch, sights or sounds that stimulate your sex drive, your brain sends a message to relax a muscle in the blood vessels in your penis.
Blood flows into the arteries in your penis, and it grows hard. When the blood vessels contract, the erection ends.
So now we’ve identified a few ED factors: the brain, the blood vessels and the blood flow.
Erectile Dysfunction and Mental Health
Let’s talk about the brain. Many men experience temporary ED symptoms when they’re feeling stress. It can also crop up if you’re feeling depressed or having problems with your relationship. The irony is that ED can be both caused by depression or stress, and can cause those same feelings.
If you’re feeling stress at work or home, an erectile dysfunction specialist may advise you to take a little time away from work, and to try to relax and focus on enjoyable activities. If the problems go deeper, make an appointment with your family doctor or a professional who can help with your treatment.
What are other ways you can tackle the symptoms of ED?
In addition to suggesting ways to treat your ED symptoms, an erectile dysfunction specialist will also recommend some steps to improve your overall health.
Tip 1: Size Matters – Reduce Your Waistline
Obesity can contribute to vascular disease and diabetes – two big factors for ED. A man with a 43-inch waist can be 50% more likely to have ED than one with a 32-inch waist (source: Harvard Health Publishing).
Dropping weight helps lower your blood pressure and prevent blockages in your arteries, getting that blood pumping.
Tip 2: Make Your Move
Getting regular exercise is a great way to both relieve stress and reduce your ED risk. And it doesn’t mean a lot of pumping iron at the gym. As little as 30 minutes of walking a day can reduce your chance of experiencing ED symptoms.
An erectile dysfunction specialist may also recommend exercise as it can help increase blood flow, boost your testosterone levels, and lower your blood pressure. It’s a trifecta of benefits that can help you tackle ED.
Tip 3: Eat Well
Avoiding red meat and processed foods, and eating a heart-healthy diet filled with natural foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish can also help reduce the risk factors for ED.
As a bonus, if you follow an eating plan like the Mediterranean diet, you’re more likely to tighten up your waistline as well!
Tip 4: Get Some Vitamin ZZZZZ
Getting a good night’s sleep can do wonders to reduce your stress levels – and your ED symptoms.
Lack of deep, restful sleep can impact your sexual performance. Plus, some conditions like sleep apnea, can affect your sexual function.
Tip 5: Take Care of your Vascular Health
Since ED is associated with blood flow and blood vessels, it only follows that taking care of your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar and triglycerides. Keeping those arteries open will help with that crucial blood flow.
Elev8te Wave Therapy – A Natural Way to Treat and Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
If you are experiencing ED, your erectile dysfunction specialist may recommend Elev8te Wave Therapy from Elev8te Men’s Health. It’s a natural and proven way to treat and prevent ED. Elev8te Wave Therapy works by applying harmless, low-intensity sound waves to the penis shaft and base, breaking down plaques and increasing blood flow. It can even stimulate the formation of new blood vessels, allowing blood to flow faster into the penis for firmer, longer-lasting erections.
Elev8te Wave Therapy is recommended for men who are experiencing symptoms of ED, men with Peyronie’s Disease (curvature of the penis), and men who wish to prevent ED and enhance sexual performance.
Ready to get started? Make an appointment today with an erectile dysfunction specialist at Elev8te Men’s Health.
Cleveland Clinic: Erectile Dysfunction
Harvard Health Publishing: 5 natural ways to overcome erectile dysfunction