dysfunction is very common for men yet many do not seek
treatment with their health care provider.
Clinic urologist and menís sexual health specialist Dr.
Landon Trost says he understands it can be uncomfortable for
men to discuss erectile dysfunction or impotence; however, it
can mean there are other underlying issues.
often said the penis is the barometer of your overall
health," says Trost. "When we see dysfunction in the
penis, it often precedes dysfunction in the heart, kidney or
in the brain. Sometimes, it can precede five to 10 years
before we see heart attack or stroke.
men make dramatic changes after their first heart
attack," he says. "We should push that back to when
they start to notice erectile dysfunction because if they make
these changes early, it can greatly elongate the time before
issues arise. It can be an early warning."
dysfunction can be split into two types: medical conditions
such as diabetes or hormonal disorders, and psychological
issues that include changes in relationship status, anxiety
levels or perhaps state of adrenaline. Trost says depression
can also be a factor if men begin to experience low sexual
desire or lack of desire.
treating erectile dysfunction, Trost says he likes to use a
step approach by starting with whatís reversible such as a
change in medication, and then move to behavioral
modification. He says, "Exercise has a direct impact on
your erectile dysfunction." After that, prescription
medications, injections, prosthetics and surgery may be in
bottom line? "Donít be embarrassed," adds Trost.
"Talk to your health care provider, and make discussing
erectile dysfunction the main goal or your appointment."