If we consult the clinical definition, we can define ED as the impossibility to get and maintain an erection. And this is a problem that affects more men than you think.
The number of men affected by this problem has been growing since 1990s, and more worrying is the fact that it is attacking younger people more than before.
Let’s start by checking the statistics.
The Statistics of Erectile Dysfunction:
This is a global problem, but we are going to mainly focus on how this problem is developing in the United States of America.
In this country around 18% of men – which is approximately 30 million – suffer of ED. In a global scale, approximately 10% of men have to deal with this problem. And here is something truly worrying: We will have the double of cases of ED in 25 years (based on population trends)
As we can see this problem is affecting a big part of the male population not only in the US, but around the world. Let’s check a few examples:
- Canada: 3,585,427
- Finland: 575,129
- France: 6,664,434
- Belgium: 1,141,353
- United Kingdom: 6,647,504
It’s important to mention that these numbers are not 100% accurate, as they are calculated extrapolations, but it allows us to see how this problem is affecting men around the world.
The risk of suffering this problem increases as we get older, because 15-25% of men over 65 tend to suffer it.
There are also many factors that can contribute to it:
- Smokers. It has been reported that smokers experience a 50% increase in ED.
- Diabetes. 50% of diabetic men tend to experience ED in some level (mild, moderate or severe)
- Heavy drinkers
As we can see it is a very big problem, and it has been increasing lately. There are more and younger men who have to deal with it, and that’s a worrying fact. Even though not all of them face a severe case of erectile dysfunction, the sole presence of it is a red flag.
We all can agree that ED is already affecting a large part of population, at least in some level. Now that it is clear, and we have some statistics to back it up, it’s time to review the causes.
The Causes of ED:
There are several causes which can contribute to it:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Nerve damage
- Anxiety and low self-esteem
- Hormonal imbalance
- Certain drugs and medication
We can also add that the diet has a very important role, because if your diet is loaded with sugar and highly-refined products, then you will have a poor production of nitric oxide, which will lead to ED eventually.
Cardiovascular disease is strongly linked to ED. In the UK we have that 50% of men aged 40 to 70 with some kind of cardiovascular disease suffer of erectile dysfunction. The most common causes of this order are high blood pressure,
ED can also have psychological roots. The excess of stress, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem can be cause of this problem as well.
As we can see this problem has several facets and different roots/causes. Therefore, each case needs a special kind of treatment, but right below we are going to discuss interesting and effective treatments.
The Treatments and Solutions:
An Holistic Perspective and Straight to the Root:
It has been proven that diets that focus on increasing the production of nitric oxide along with testosterone have helped many men overcome their ED.
The hormonal balance is vital. Although low levels of testosterone are not the unique cause of ED, it is essential for optimal erections. Even though studies cannot find the exact link between both things, the relationship exists. That’s why it is a good idea to treat your ED by following a diet focused on increasing the levels of testosterone and nitric oxide.
Although some products like Spanish Fly (which is extracted from a special kind of beetle) seems to work, it won’t be a complete solution till you address your diet.
Western men’s diet is contaminated with foods that reduce our testosterone levels and minimize the production of nitric oxide. That’s why, in many cases, all that’s needed is a change in diet for better. It’s a complicate yet fascinating topic, something that we can discuss in a next publication.
Other Official Treatments:
There are many cases which cannot be solved by simply improving your diet, because as we have seen, it has different causes.
The most popular drugs used are Levitra, Viagra and Cialis, which have to be taken 30-45 minutes before intercourse.
Although they work, they do not address the issue of the problem and they come attached to several secondary effects: Indigestion, headaches, etc.
In some cases surgery may be the most effective approach, and here we have the most common solutions:
- An inflatable penile implant which is inflated by pressing a pump placed in the scrotum
- Restoration of damaged blood vessels which prevent erections from happening
Liquid alprostadil is also used in men with ED. It’s injected in the penis and produces an erection which lasts up to 15 minutes.
Although, in some cases, it can give origin to priapism, which is an erection that lasts more than 4 hours and can be extremely painful.
The pump is also one of the most popular treatments for ED. It is a plastic tube that encapsulates the penis, which is then pumped, in order to draw in blood. After that, a ring is placed around the base of the penis.
The treatment has a maximum duration of 30 minutes. After that it has to be removed.
We’ve learned many new things about erectile dysfunction. A problem that is affecting a vast number of men around the world, and which is sadly growing and attacking younger men. Although, we have also explored solutions and treatments for this problem.