Middle-Aged Spread and Erectile Dysfunction

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Irrespective of how old you are, carrying a few extra pounds can impact your sexual performance. Obesity, especially excess belly fat has profound physical effects on the support system to get your Dick erect. Have a look at these:

– Obese men produce less testosterone, which is important for sexual desire. Refer to Testo in 1.2.i above. Belly fat, seems to have a greater effect on the production of Testo than excess fat distributed in other parts of the body. Researchers are still not sure why, but it causes all sorts of inflammatory mediators and different substances to be emitted into the body that will lower Testo.

– Being overweight is also linked to high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis again!), which can reduce blood flow to your Dick.

– Fitness to perform in various sex intercourse positions is an obvious one.

– Although experts aren’t exactly sure why, obesity appears to damage the endothelium (internal lining of the arteries/veins which releases Nitric Oxide). And when the endothelium doesn’t work properly, your Dick may not get enough blood to produce or sustain an erection.

A generally used measure of obesity is the BMI (Body Mass Index) which you can Google or apply the following: Weight/(Height)2. Obviously, you have to use either metric or imperial and a score of 18.5 – 25 is normal and a score of over 30 is obese. Note that I said “generally” because some athletes with high muscle mass may score over 30 but, are fit, not obese. Do the math and be aware of your BMI with the goal of reducing it if you score more than 25.

Here is a an easier way. Take off your shirt, stand upright and look for your Dick. If you can’t see it you need to lose a few pounds. You are not alone. A recent British study of 1000 men found that one third of men aged 35-60 could not see their Dicks (reported in Sydney Morning Herald).

So, if you carry a few extra pounds, have diabetes and maybe smoke, the Perfect Storm’s waves could seem insurmountable. But, don’t lose faith, a recent Australian study, published in the “Journal of Sexual Medicine,” found that losing just 5% to 10% of body weight over a two-month period improved erection ability — and revved up the sex drives of obese men with diabetes. The most effective way to lose weight for better erections is to adopt a low carb diet together with exercise. This has been confirmed by another study reported in the same journal (J Sex Med 2011;8:2868-2875). The low carb/high protein/low fat diet and exercise induced weight loss, led to rapid improvement of sexual, urinary and endothelial function in obese diabetic men and the beneficial effects were sustained. You can tackle any storm waves with a weight loss diet and exercise.

A few extra pounds also affect psychological sources of ED Buy Viagra Professional in Australia, like Self Image, Anxiety and even Depression. We will look at these later on in Psychological Sources of ED.

Alternative method Treatment of ED: Herbal Supplements

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They come in numerous delivery methods and names. There is an important point I’d like to make:
just because a product claims to be herbal or natural doesn’t mean it’s safe. Many herbal remedies can cause side effects and dangerous interactions when taken with certain medications. Hence the importance of testing and talking to your Doctor before you try any herbal treatment for ED — especially if you’re taking medications or you have a health problem such as heart disease or diabetes.

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Various myths have also been built up over the ages based on herbal substances such as Henbane, Jimson-Weed, Spanish Fly etc and results are claimed for natural tonics ranging from ginseng to oysters. Some of them may have some blood vessel widening properties (vasodilation) but with no scientific proof. If they did actually deliver what is promised I am sure the pharmaceutical corporations would have been onto it in a flash.

Some of the offered supplements can be are sourced from the recommended diet that promote Nitric Oxide production and antioxidants in our Nutrition recommendations in Step 6. They may also promote testosterone and general well being. For example, oysters are found in our shellfish recommendations. How many times have you heard that oysters are an aphrodisiac based on their high zinc content? The implication is that zinc has some kind of Viagra in Canada online effect. Zinc supplementation is only relevant when there’s a deficiency of the mineral in our bodies and this affects normal testosterone levels.

Pomegranate juice is another recently claimed ED superfood. A famous producer of pomegranate juice has recently been forced by the US to stop claiming it treats ED. It is a good antioxidant and antioxidants help to keep cells healthy. It is also included in my recommended diet.

Likewise, Korean red ginseng is claimed to stimulate male sexual function, but not proven and again, it is probably a useful antioxidant. Ginkgo Biloba may also have other health benefits but, for sexual function, studies are inconclusive. Horny goat weed and related herbs have purportedly been treatments for sexual dysfunction for years. Not proven, but may have blood vessel dilation properties.