Erectile Dysfunction, also known as ED, is when a man is not able to get an erection initially or maintain an erection during sexual activity. Many men over the age of 40 are currently or will experience these symptoms, and it can be a sign of other underlying health issues both physically and psychologically, and even heart disease. ED is often caused by low testosterone, which can also result in poor libido and low sex drive. If ED continues over a long period of time, it may cause problems in a relationship, affect self-esteem, and cause stress.
Here are 4 ways to help improve your ED symptoms:
- Drink pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice has many benefits including helping with weight loss, fighting arthritis, improving memory, protecting against heart disease, and treating erectile dysfunction. According to Medical Daily, a study released by the International Journal of Impotence Research in 2007 found that "drinking POM Wonderful 100 Percent Pomegranate Juice daily helped with the management of erectile dysfunction. About half of the participants reported an improvement in their erections with POM Wonderful after drinking eight ounces every evening for two weeks, and then four weeks." The results may be caused by the high concentration of antioxidants found in the drink, which promotes blood flow.
- Go for a walk. In a study conducted by Harvard, they found that just "30 minutes of walking a day was linked with a 41% drop in risk for ED. Other research suggests that moderate exercise can help restore sexual performance in obese middle-aged men with ED." Walking has many other benefits as well. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, setting aside 20 to 25 minutes for a daily brisk walk can add 7 years to your life. These daily walks will not only be enjoyable but will help keep you young by repairing old DNA and triggering the anti-aging process.
- Take DHEA. Dehydroepiandrosterone, also known as DHEA, is a steroid that is produced in our adrenal glands and it is the most abundantly flowing steroid hormone in the human body. Typically, DHEA production is most prominent when men and women are in their 20's, and production decreases as we age. Taking DHEA supplements regularly can provide many health benefits including increasing sex drive, helping with erectile dysfunction, regulating hormones, fighting aging, decreasing the risk of heart disease, strengthening the immune system, improving memory, building lean muscle, strengthening bones, improving mood, and boosting energy levels.
- Try Hormone Replacement Therapy. For men, testosterone therapy can help with more than just erectile dysfunction - it can help them regain their youthfulness and increase energy, stamina, strength, fitness, and overall well-being. Hormone deficiency can cause some health conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fatigue, high blood pressure, and sexual dysfunction, along with others. HTR can help prevent and regulate these issues as well as increase muscle strength, recharge sexual potency and libido, build a healthier metabolism, create more energy, and reduce cholesterol levels.
At Physicians Age Management, we offer testosterone replacement therapy. It’s what we do every day and our specialty. Our Hormone Replacement Therapy provides individualized doses of hormones that emulate nearly identically those each patient had as a younger man. We provide our patients with a proactive, preventative approach to healthcare for an aging population focused on preservation of optimum human function and quality of life. If you’re interested in taking control of your health, take our hormone test or request a free consultation today.