Natural Solutions to Erectile Dysfunction
Getting to the Root of the Imbalance
If you are a man who’s suffered from bedroom issues you’ll know, erectile dysfunction (ED), can take a major toll on self-esteem and romantic relationships. While ED mostly impacts older men, age usually has nothing to do with it. If you suffer from any of the conditions below, they may be at the root of your performance problems.
Heart disease ~ For the majority of men with ED, cardiovascular problems such as arteriolosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and high cholesterol are at the root of the issue. That’s because, to achieve an erection, the arteries must allow blood to flow throughout the body, not just in the penis. Anything that clogs up your arteries or narrows arteries is going to affect blood flow. Which leads us to the primary cause of heart disease….SUGAR.
For men diagnosed with insulin resistance or diabetes, sugar is the main root of their problem with erectile dysfunction. When the body loses the ability to regulate sugar, it stores it in the vessels due to a process known as glycosylation. Think of this process as the build up of sugar making the blood more “sticky”, therefore leading to blockages in the kidneys, blood vessels (to the penis particularly), peripheral nerves and lenses of the eye.
Hormonal problems, such as thyroid dysfunction or pituitary tumors or malfunction, can lead also lead to ED.
Although testosterone deficiency plays a part, those hormone levels affect libido, not erectile function. If a man’s libido is low, that certainly can affect his erections, but it does it indirectly.
What’s more, it can be hard to tell whether ED is related to low testosterone, as men with low testosterone can also have symptoms like fatigue, and weaker erections. Whether or not that is related to testosterone deficiency or usual things like not sleeping enough, poor lifestyle and/or lack of exercise, is part of my job.
As a Naturopathic Doctor I have spent years decoding the mysteries behind the miraculous functions of the body. If you find yourself in any of the above situations, know that there is a natural solution. Contact the office to schedule your appointment to discuss your concerns and solutions further.