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Weak Erection or erectile Dysfunction in Men: It’s Causes and Solution

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WHAT IS IT
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What is it



Erectile dysfunction can put the fizzle in your fireworks. While it’s normal for a man to have occasional trouble getting an erection that’s firm or long-lasting enough for sexual intercourse, persistent disappointment below decks warrants a checkup. Research suggests that 50% of men have ED, most of whom are over age 50. “Yet a lot of men are embarrassed and reluctant to talk about it,” says Douglas Milam, MD, associate professor of urologic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “In recent years, more women are telling their partners, ‘If you have this problem, do something.’ ”

Why it happens
“The problem usually involves a combination of nerve function and blood flow,” Dr. Milam says. Nerves may not produce enough nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels and allows them to flood chambers in the penis. Or there may be a bigger blood vessel problem, such as blockages or arterial walls that can’t relax enough for blood to flow freely. In fact, ED may be a sign of heart disease. Men with ED are more likely to have heart disease and diabetes than men with normal erectile function.

Here, tips and treatment ideas for men experiencing this problem.

Brush and floss your teeth daily
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Brush and floss your teeth daily

Keeping teeth clean prevents gum infections, which can trigger inflammation that can stifle the penis instead of stiffening it, says Stuart J. Froum, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. In one study, 53% of men with ED had chronic periodontitis, while only 23% of men without ED did. Further research found that most men with ED who treated their periodontal disease had significantly improved erectile function after 3 months. “Besides brushing and flossing, men should routinely have their teeth professionally cleaned and get a comprehensive periodontal exam every year,” Dr. Froum says. Make an appointment promptly if your gums are bright red, swollen, or tender. Bad breath and gaps between gums and teeth can also signal gum disease.



Don’t take the wrong blood pressure medicine
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Don’t take the wrong blood pressure medicine

Diuretics and alpha blockers prescribed for high blood pressure can worsen ED, but angiotensin receptor blockers can improve blood pressure without that unwanted effect, says R. Clinton Webb, PhD, chair of the department of physiology at Georgia Regents University’s Medical College of Georgia. Since angiotensin is most active when the penis droops, “blocking its action may improve erections,” he says. (Check out these 5 natural ways to lower blood pressure.)

Break a sweat
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Break a sweat

“Overweight men who haven’t had sex in a long time have been able to completely reverse ED by adopting a healthy lifestyle and losing weight,” says Drogo K. Montague, MD, a urologist with Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urologic and Kidney Institute. In one study, one-third of obese men with ED regained sexual function after 2 years on a weight loss program. Flab promotes inflammation and converts testosterone to estrogen—both bad for penile performance. Activity alone seems to help: Research found that men who started exercising more in midlife had a 70% lower ED risk than men who stayed sedentary. Try this simple daily walking trick for help.

Help yourself to hummus
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Help yourself to hummus

“What’s good for the heart is good for the penis,” says Dr. Montague. Consuming lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fish and moderate amounts of healthy fats and wine has long been associated with cardiovascular health. Now research in men with type 2 diabetes finds that those adhering to a Mediterranean-style eating pattern have the lowest rates of ED.

More from Prevention: 400-Calorie Mediterranean Meals

Get familiar with red Korean ginseng
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Get familiar with red Korean ginseng

This Asian herb may increase blood flow to the penis, says Dr. Montague. In a review, six of seven clinical trials found that it improved sexual function better than a placebo. Though study quality was low, researchers concluded that the trials “provide suggestive evidence for the effectiveness of red ginseng” for ED. Most studies used a 600 mg dose three times a day. Cheaper brands may not be fully potent. Don’t confuse red Korean ginseng with Asian or American ginseng.

Practice pelvic-floor exercises
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Practice pelvic-floor exercises

Those low muscles that hold urine back? Strengthening them restored or improved erectile function in 75% of men with ED who participated in a 3-month pelvic-floor-muscle exercise program in the United Kingdom. “Strong pelvic-floor muscles provide a good base for an erect penis and prevent blood from escaping an erection,” says research leader Grace Dorey, PhD, emeritus professor of physiotherapy at the University of West England in Bristol. Contract muscles as if you’re trying to avoid passing gas; hold for 10 seconds without tightening muscles in your thighs, abdomen, or butt; and relax 10 seconds. Repeat three times lying, three times sitting, and three times standing, twice a day.

Pick the perfect pill
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Pick the perfect pill

Drugs like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra all boost nitric oxide availability, sending more blood to the penis. But they’re formulated differently, so ask your doctor which is best for you. “Cialis tends to last 24 to 48 hours, versus about 4 hours for Viagra or Levitra,” says Tobias S. Kohler, MD, associate professor of urology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and a spokesperson for the American Urological Association. “But you take Viagra and Levitra an hour before sex and Cialis at least 2 hours before.” Some men find that a new version of Levitra called Staxyn, which dissolves on the tongue, takes effect faster than pills. “These drugs work in about two-thirds of men with ED,” says Dr. Kohler.

Consider testosterone testing
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Consider testosterone testing

Men in their 40s who experience ED along with low libido may suffer from testosterone deficiency. “The vast majority of ED is due to something else,” says Dr. Kohler. “But if lack of both interest and function makes you wonder, the best thing is to get tested.” Schedule the test early in the morning. “Testosterone levels naturally fall later in the day,” says Dr. Montague. Avoid buying testosterone products online or using them without a doctor’s OK. “If your body senses you have too much, the testicles shut down their own natural production of both testosterone and sperm,” says Dr. Kohler.

There’s always implants
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There’s always implants
A 90-minute outpatient procedure can upgrade a man’s sexual machinery if other treatments fail. Expandable chambers implanted in the penis enlarge with a few squeezes of a small saline pump placed in the scrotum. Components are invisible and can be used at any time. “Devices are more reliable in recent years,” says Dr. Kohler. “Most men are happy with implants, and insurance often covers the procedure to put them in.”

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India doctors embark on strike aimed better security

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Thousands of doctors across India went on strike on Friday to demand better security at hospitals days after junior doctors in the city of Kolkata were attacked, leaving services in many government-run health facilities paralyzed.

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The state of West Bengal, of which Kolkata is capital, has been the worst hit by the strike with at least 13 big government hospitals affected.

The protests were sparked by an attack at the NRS Medical College in Kolkata on June 10 that left three junior doctors seriously injured after a dispute with a family whose relative had died.

Doctors demanding better security began a strike but their action was confined to the state until West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned them on Thursday, saying police did not strike when one of their colleagues was killed.

Banerjee’s remarks, which included a warning that junior doctors would be evicted from their college hostels if they did not go back to work, triggered a nationwide reaction.

The Indian Medical Association said the “barbaric” attack at the NRS reflected a national problem, and called for a countrywide protest. It also demanded legislation to safeguard doctors.

Nearly 30,000 doctors were on a one-day strike on Friday, most in West Bengal, New Delhi and the western state of Maharashtra, according to figures proved by medical associations.

The federal health minister, Harsh Vardhan, tried to calm the furor, promising better security at hospitals and calling on Banerjee to withdraw her ultimatum.

“I urge doctors to end their strike in the larger interest of society. I will take all possible measures to ensure a safe environment for them at hospitals across the country,” Vardhan said on Twitter.

India spent an estimated 1.4% of its gross domestic product on healthcare in 2017/18, among the lowest proportions in the world. Many millions of Indians depend on the cheap but inadequate public health system.

Saradamani Ray, whose 77-year old father is a patient at the NRS Medical College, said she would have to move him because of the strike.

“I will have to take my father somewhere else for his dialysis, maybe a private hospital,” she told Reuters.

“It will cause a lot of financial strain, but there’s nothing I can do. I will have to pay.”


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Ebola still a nightmare in Congo

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The head of a major medical research charity has called the latest outbreak of Ebola in central Africa “truly frightening”.

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Nearly 1,400 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, said the epidemic was the worst since that of 2013-16 and has showed “no sign of stopping”.

Two people have also died in neighbouring Uganda, the first cases of Ebola reported in the country.

A five-year-old boy infected with the virus died on Tuesday and his 50-year-old grandmother died on Wednesday, the Ugandan health ministry said.

The Ugandan government has reported at least six other suspected cases of the virus.

In a statement, Dr Farrar said the spread was “tragic but unfortunately not surprising”. He warned that more cases were expected, and a “full” national and international response would be needed to protect lives.

“The DRC should not have to face this alone,” he said.

Since the first case of Ebola in DR Congo last August, nearly 1,400 people have died – around 70% of all those infected.

The outbreak is the second-largest in the history of the disease, with a significant spike in new cases in recent weeks.

Only once before has an outbreak continued to grow more than eight months after it began – that was the epidemic in West Africa between 2013-16, which killed 11,310 people.

Efforts to contain the spread have been hindered by militia group violence and by suspicion towards foreign medical assistance.

Nearly 200 health facilities have been attacked in DR Congo this year, forcing health workers to suspend or delay vaccinations and treatments. In February, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) put its activities on hold in Butembo and Katwa – two eastern cities in the outbreak’s epicentre.

In Uganda, a five-year-old boy died of the virus on Tuesday, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).


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