What is ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION?
Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex.
Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. If erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, however, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. Problems getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment and a risk factor for heart disease.
If you’re concerned about erectile dysfunction, talk to your doctor — even if you’re embarrassed. Sometimes, treating an underlying condition is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments might be needed.
Erectile dysfunction symptoms might include persistent:
- Trouble getting an erection
- Trouble keeping an erection
- Reduced sexual desire
Male sexual arousal is a complex process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction can result from a problem with any of these. Likewise, stress and mental health concerns can cause or worsen erectile dysfunction.
Sometimes a combination of physical and psychological issues causes erectile dysfunction. For instance, a minor physical condition that slows your sexual response might cause anxiety about maintaining an erection. The resulting anxiety can lead to or worsen erectile dysfunction.
Physical causes of erectile dysfunction
In many cases, erectile dysfunction is caused by something physical. Common causes include:
- Heart disease
- Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome — a condition involving increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist and high cholesterol
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Certain prescription medications
- Tobacco use
- Peyronie’s disease — development of scar tissue inside the penis
- Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
- Sleep disorders
- Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
- Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction
The brain plays a key role in triggering the series of physical events that cause an erection, starting with feelings of sexual excitement. A number of things can interfere with sexual feelings and cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. These include:
- Depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
- Relationship problems due to stress, poor communication or other concerns
How Can Alkaline Water Help?
Build your diet around alkaline foods and drinks instead of acidic foods and drinks.
The major cause of Type 2 diabetes is an acidic diet based upon an overindulgence of sugar, and a lack of exercise. Many of us head to the gym or participate in sports to help reshape our body, but any trainer will tell you that you are wasting your time if you don’t control what you put in your mouth. You can work out all you want, but 80% to 90% of the results will be determined by what you eat.
Unfortunately, making healthy changes to your diet is more difficult than you might think. The changes required often go against the grain of a lifetime of bad eating habits. Sugars and white flour are not healthy food choices and they make up a significant percentage of what many of us eat. Replacing sugars and flour in your diet with fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds often take time.
Many people have found that the best place to start the journey to a new and healthier body is to drink alkaline water. You need to replace the water that your body uses up every day, so why not start by drinking water that helps your body become healthy. The effort is minimal and the results are often dramatic. Many Type 2 Diabetes sufferers find that they can reduce or eliminate their meds altogether when they start drinking ionized water. You can find very affordable water ionizers (about $300) that will help you get started. In the worst case, you will be drinking clean and healthy water that will actually save you money when compared to bottled water or sugar based (and therefore harmful) drinks.
Drinking alkaline water will help, but it won’t fix everything. Introducing more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds into your diet to replace the overload of processed sugary and acidic foods will slowly help you change the internal environment of your body. As you begin to feel and look better, you may find that, like many others who start the journey to a healthier lifestyle, you will start eating better. The benefits often begin to compound and you may find that you start to become more active.
You can definitely prevent and even get rid of Type 2 Diabetes with a proper diet and exercise. The connection between Type 2 Diabetes and ED is real. While men suffer directly from ED, the problem obviously affects couples as well. Don’t be a victim….this is something that you can actually control by making changes.