Erectile dysfunction is estimated to affect one in five men. How common it is typically increases with age. It is estimated to affect 2% of men in their 40s, 25% of men in their 60s, and 89% of men in their 80s. The cause can involve blood flow issues, medications, hormones, psychological factors, nerve problems, injury, surgery, radiation or chronic illness, and it often involves more than one factor.
Sexual health is an important part of our overall health. Erectile dysfunction is quite common and there are many available treatment options.
The Sexual Health Inventory for Men is a great screening tool that you and your healthcare provider can use to get a baseline idea of your sexual function and monitoring your progress. It assesses confidence around getting and keeping an erection and satisfaction with one’s sexual experience.
In 80% of cases erectile dysfunction is caused by blood flow issues and is a warning sign that patients are at increased risk of a heart attack or stroke
Drugs, alcohol and smoking all contribute to erectile dysfunction along with diet and lifestyle factors. Diabetes also increases your risk of erectile dysfunction.
Eating for heart health or the Mediterranean diet can be helpful for erectile function in many cases, where blood flow issues are a factor. Typically, these patients have decreased or absent morning stiffness.
The Mediterranean diet is also a great way to prevent erectile dysfunction and decrease your risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.
Low libido can be a sign of hormonal factors
Low testosterone can lead to low libido, and there are a number of treatment options to support hormone balance.
A whole-person approach
Because the factors in each case are different, at Valley Naturopath, we take a whole-person approach. We treat the whole person rather than one health condition and work together to create a personalized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and helps you reach your health goals.
Whether we need to review the medications you’re on, teach you how to eat for heart health, support optimal blood flow, help you balance your hormones, help you learn to manage stress differently or address psychological factors, support nerve health, promote recovery after an injury, surgery or radiation; or address a chronic illness that may be contributing – we can help with that.
We are here to help, and we provide a neutral, professional and confidential environment for you to explore conventional as well as, complementary and alternative healthcare options.
For more information, feel free to call, e-mail or come in for a free introductory visit.
Originally published in the Valley Naturopath clinic newsletter September 2015.Related to: erectile dysfunction . Mediterranean diet . we can help with that