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March 31, 2014 by MAE CHAN
Attention Men With Erectile Dysfunction - You Do Not Need Medication To Restore Mr. Wonderful


Since the advent of Viagra, the topic of erectile dysfunction (ED) has received a great deal of media attention. With all that exposure, it may be no surprise that men and their partners sometimes worry when Mr. Wonderful can't maintain an erection. The vast majority of the time, erectile problems have nothing to do with a man's lack of arousal, his attraction to a partner, or even hormonal dysfunction. Most of all, it can be successfully reversed by focusing on lifestyle factors and not relying on medication, according to research at the University of Adelaide.


In a new paper published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers highlight the incidence of erectile dysfunction and lack of sexual desire among men aged 35-80 years.

Over a five-year period, 31% of the 810 men involved in the study developed some form of erectile dysfunction.

Fifty percent of men older than 40 suffer from erectile dysfunctions and all young men fear the moment when they won't be able to get it up any more. Only rarely can symptoms of ED be related to serious disease. “Sexual relations are not only an important part of people’s wellbeing. From a clinical point of view, the inability of some men to perform sexually can also be linked to a range of other health problems, many of which can be debilitating or potentially fatal,” says Professor Gary Wittert, Head of the Discipline of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and Director of the University's Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health.

“Our study saw a large proportion of men suffering from some form of erectile dysfunction, which is a concern. The major risk factors for this are typically physical conditions rather than psychological ones, such as being overweight or obese, a higher level of alcohol intake, having sleeping difficulties or obstructive sleep apnoea, and age.

“The good news is, our study also found that a large proportion of men were naturally overcoming erectile dysfunction issues. The remission rate of those with erectile dysfunction was 29%, which is very high. This shows that many of these factors affecting men are modifiable, offering them an opportunity to do something about their condition,” Professor Wittert says.

The lead author of the paper, Dr Sean Martin from the University of Adelaide’s Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, says: “It is likely to be considerably more effective if lifestyle factors are also addressed."

Erectile dysfunction can be a serious issue only because it’s correlated as a marker of cardiovascular disease, and it often occurs before heart conditions become apparent. Therefore, men should consider improving their weight and overall nutrition, exercise more, drink less alcohol and have a better night’s sleep, as well as address risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol.

“This is not only likely to improve their sexual ability, but will be improve their cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of developing diabetes if they don’t already have it.”

The best medicine against impotence is...sex. An erection keeps the blood flowing through your penile arteries, so the tissue stays healthy. Plus, doctors compare an erection to an athletic reflex: the more you train the more capable you are to perform.

In diabetic men with erection problems, the severity of their sexual performance problem increases as control of blood sugar levels worsens. Researchers hope men will learn from this, and exercise to protect their potency even if they haven't exercised to protect their hearts.

In some Asian cultures, ginseng has been used traditionally to boost sexual stamina, but the effectiveness of the herbal remedy has been evaluated in only a handful of studies, so a team at the University of Ulsan and the Korea Ginseng and Tobacco Research Institute in Seoul evaluated Korean red ginseng in 45 men with erectile dysfunction. The men reported being better able to achieve and maintain an erection while taking ginseng than when on the placebo. While they were taking ginseng, 60% of men said that their erections improved compared to 20% while taking placebo.

Mae Chan holds degrees in both physiology and nutritional sciences. She is also blogger and and technology enthusiast with a passion for disseminating information about health.

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