Preventing and Reversing Erectile Dysfunction
How to Avoid Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction in most men is caused by damage to blood vessels. This damage occurs from a combination of factors, many of them are behavioral and preventable.
Stress and sleep deprivation can also have a negative effect on erections. Poor sleep can lead to low energy levels and poor erections. In fact, many men have sleep problems because they wake up at night to urinate as a result of an enlarged prostate. Treatment of enlarged prostate can help.
Diet high in animal fats leading to high cholesterol and high blood pressure is one of the major contributors to the development of ED. Excess fat, or obesity especially when it is located in the belly is another major cause of damage to blood vessels to carry blood to the penis.
Top 5 Ways to Prevent Erectile Dysfunction:
- Healthy, Mediterranean-type diet is advisable
- Avoidance of smoking
- Exercise. Avoid obesity – lose weight if you are overweight.
- Maintain good blood pressure control with medications if you have high blood pressure
- Maintain good blood sugar control with diet/exercise and medications if you have diabetes
Evaluation of Men who Experience Difficulty Obtaining or Maintaining Erections
At New York Urology Specialists, evaluation for ED starts with identifying and addressing relevant risk factors that include:
- High Blood pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Low testosterone (hypogonadism)
- Vascular / Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney insufficiency (including dialysis)
- Liver disease (or hepatitis)
Addressing the underlying problems such as low testosterone, high blood pressure treatment and good control of diabetes can often reverse or improve ED. Studies show that in overweight men, weight loss alone can often completely or partially reverse erectile dysfunction. Proper diet and health can certainly prevent it from getting worse.
If treating an underlying condition doesn’t help your erectile dysfunction, effective treatment options are available for nearly every man with ED including men with erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery.
Men with neurological diseases often experience erectile dysfunction, which can usually be successfully treated. We also treat ED in men with diabetes and diabetic neuropathy and in men with multiple sclerosis.
Learn More About:
- Hypertension and Erectile Dysfunction Treatment: Experienced Urologist – Manhattan and Brooklyn
- Loss of Libido: Causes and Management in New York City
- Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism) as a Cause of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
- Treatment of Obesity-Related ED (Erectile Dysfunction) in Men
What You Need to Know:
- ED Treatment without Medications – Shockwave Therapy for ED Appears Promising
- Good Workouts Lead to Better Sex
- How do Erections Occur? What Causes ED in Men?
- How is ED Diagnosed? – New York Urology Specialists
We offer affordable, highest-quality urology care with or without insurance. Find out our office hours or directions to our office. We offer weekday, weekend and evening office hours.
Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board-certified urologist, who specializes in all aspects of care for sexual problems in men including ED, premature ejaculation and other sexual concerns. He has successfully treated hundreds of men with sexual problems including ED and poor libido.