What Questions Should Your ED Doctor Be Asking You?
There are many rumors and myths surrounding erectile dysfunction treatment, and finding a real and effective treatment may be difficult. We created this list to help you know what signs professional ED doctors look for when diagnosing the condition.
Diabetes, smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise are some very common pieces of your history that your doctor will likely be curious about. Use these tips to prevent your chance of getting ED and to begin to combat the condition.
When dealing with erectile dysfunction at any age, it can be difficult to seek help for treatment. This can result in a difficult path of trying different “popular” options only to find out that they are all topical treatments that do not treat the source of the problem; decreased blood flow. It can be helpful to understand what to expect before consulting a professional, and can even give you a headstart on how you can begin to combat the effects of this debilitating disorder. HEALTHGains shares this list of common questions your ED doctor should be asking you, and why they ask them in the first place.
1. Are You Diabetic?
Diabetes is thought to be one of the leading causes of erectile dysfunction in men. A report from the Boston University Medical Center found that half of men with Type 2 diabetes will develop erectile dysfunction within 1-3 years of having the disease. If heart problems are stacked on top of this, then the risk is even greater. However, the results of a 2014 study suggest that if you have diabetes but adopt a healthier lifestyle, you may reduce your diabetes symptoms and improve your sexual health. These lifestyle habits include eating a balanced diet and engaging in a regular exercise regimen.
2. Do You Smoke?
Smoking has a widespread effect on your body, and it is one of the leading causes of erectile dysfunction in middle aged men. The chemicals in cigarette smoke injure the lining of your blood vessels and reduce their ability to efficiently transport and receive blood. Those chemicals can also harm your heart, brain, kidneys, and other tissues throughout the body as well. The harm done by smoking is due to the chemicals within cigarettes damaging blood vessels in the penis. An erection results when the arteries in the penis expand and fill with blood after receiving signals from nerves in the penis. The nerves respond to sexual arousal signals from the brain. Even if the nervous system is operating well, an erection might not be physically possible if the blood vessels are unhealthy due to smoking.
3. Are You Depressed?
Depression is one of the leading causes and common results of erectile dysfunction. Depression is a result of a lack of pleasure-causing and mood-stabilizing neurotransmitters in the brain, or an inability for them to correctly be detected by their target receptors. These same neurotransmitters play a role in the pleasure stimulation that is triggered when an erection occurs. In those that are depressed, it seems that these chemicals have a diminished ability to stimulate this reaction. Along with the decreased ability to feel and experience pleasure, there is also a decreased ability for these feelings to trigger the proper reactions that result in an erection.
4. Do You Stretch/ Exercise Frequently?
One of the miracle treatments for erectile dysfunction, exercise and stretching nurture your blood vessel health and increase the ability for all parts of your body to send and receive blood flow more efficiently. This results in a faster metabolism, more energy, better heart and lung health, as well as an improvement to sexual longevity, potency, and pleasure experienced during intercourse. If you do not exercise regularly or stretch at least 5 times a week and are experiencing erectile dysfunction, then you are missing out on a self-help ED treatment that can begin to reverse the effects of ED. Always combine an exercise routine with a balanced diet.
Now that you can now better understand some of the common causes of erectile dysfunction and why you may be experiencing symptoms, you’ll be better prepared for your talk with your ED doctor. The experts at HealthGAINS are here to help you conquer ED. For a free consultation with a Wellness Advisor, call (866) 812-7641.