By Brandon Jamil
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Erectile dysfunction isn’t something that men openly discuss. Men that have issues with ED often feel ashamed or embarrassed about their failure pertaining to the inability to perform sexually. The shame and embarrassment stems from social pressures and demands that men face in our society today.
Erectile dysfunction also known as (ED) “is defined as persistent difficulty achieving and maintain an erection sufficient to have sex. Causes are usually medical can also be psychological” according to https://www.medicalnewstoday.com. With so much social shaming and scrutiny about ED many men go undiagnosed, which is detrimental to their overall health.
Years ago, I was a receptionist at a private men’s clinic located down town Los Angeles. When I first started my position, I expected to see men over 40 with sever health problems such as: obesity, diabetes, cholesterol, etc. To my surprise 3/4 of the clientele were under thirty years old, and these men didn’t fit my preconceived judgments. In-fact on average; the younger men were in shape and didn’t have seemingly poor health.
In an article from healthline.com, researchers from University of Wisconsin have discovered that 50 percent of men in their 50’s and 60 percent of men in their 60’s have reported to have mild ED. ED affects 26 percent of men that are under 40. It’s noted that almost half of these younger men had severe ED, while only 40 percent of older men have severe ED. Also, researchers have noted that younger men with ED were more likely compared to older men with ED smoke cigarettes and illegal drugs.
It’s important that we understand the many causes of ED— which include: Diabetes, heart disease or heart complications, obesity, hormonal disorders, anxiety, depression, stress and trauma, alcohol, drugs, and lower testosterone. While maintaining a healthy diet and over all lifestyle I highly recommend men to get their testosterone levels checked at least once a year. Primary doctors don’t always check for testosterone levels, so you may have to go to a men’s clinic that specializes in ED and testosterone.
Side note: Testosterone can be pricey, but most men’s clinics offer payment plans and customized packages for your budget. If you’re not interested in testosterone treatments you can always opt for naturally testosterone boosting agents (helps promotes testosterone naturally).
Although I personally don’t struggle with ED, I completely understand the fear of having poor sexual health—especially now that I am in my thirties. I have found that daily cardio, weight lifting, balanced diets, stress management, less consumption of alcohol, no drugs and smoking, constant water consumption, and sleep helps tremendously. My partner has noticed more stamina and erectile strength during intercourse due to taking these steps towards a healthy lifestyle.
Erectile dysfunction doesn’t have to automatically mean the end of the world, and it doesn’t mean you’ve failed as a man. As all aspects of health, our body is responding to the direct impact from our personal lifestyle choices and external world. As men I recommend that we being to focus on shifting the conversation from shame and embarrassment and become proactive about our health and living a relatively life style.