According to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine, 18.4% of men over the age of 20 have experienced some form of erectile dysfunction, which means that ED affects 18 million men in the US alone.
The same study found that 80% of men between the ages of 40-59 cannot get healthy erections on a regular basis. There is a strong correlation between erectile dysfunction and age. However, ED can also affect younger men with one or more cardiovascular risk factors, hypertension, diabetes, and men with a history of cardiovascular disease.
One of the main causes of erectile dysfunction is restricted blood flow to and within the penis, which explains why ED is so frequently associated with high blood pressure or other conditions that affect the cardiovascular system. Whether you currently suffer from ED or are looking to prevent the condition altogether, try these five clinically proven ways to improve your erections and overcome erectile dysfunction.
1. Quit Smoking
According to a study conducted at the University of Kentucky, non-smokers have sex more frequently and experience higher satisfaction than men who smoke. One reason is that smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction. Smoking can damage your blood vessels and impede blood flow to the penis. Fortunately, if you quit, your vascular and sexual health are likely to improve.
2. Watch What You Eat
Research has shown that erectile dysfunction can be caused by dietary patterns, especially when it is an early warning sign of more serious health risks (e.g. heart attack or stroke). Dietary patterns that cause restricted blood flow in the coronary arteries can also curb the blood flow that is needed for the penis to become erect. Particularly diets that include very few fruits and vegetables along with a large amount of fatty and processed foods have been shown to contribute to decreased blood circulation throughout the body.
Eating enough fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats in place of processed foods can result in healthier arteries, lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of type-2 diabetes, all of which are known causes of erectile dysfunction.
3. Exercise Regularly
A new study published in the August issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine highlights the positive effect of exercise on sexual performance in men and women. According to the study, men who run a 7-minute mile pace for 4-5 hours per week are 23% less likely to experience erectile dysfunction that men who are mostly sedentary.
4. Control Your Stress
Stress and anxiety can be the root cause of several health issues, among them erectile dysfunction. A study of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans found that PTSD increases the risk for sexual dysfunction by more than three times. Furthermore, long-term stress and anxiety lead to elevated cortisol levels in your body. Patients with high levels of cortisol are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, as shown in this study.
5. Consider a Priapus injection
The Priapus Shot (or P-Shot) is an effective treatment to improve symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction. As many patients fail to respond to traditional therapies for ED (e.g. oral medications and penile prostheses), the P-Shot provides a safe and natural alternative.
Utilizing Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) drawn from a sample of your own blood, the Priapus Shot stimulates blood flow and cell growth in the penis. Even better, due to the increased blood flow, most patients will see an increase in length and girth after multiple Priapus treatments.
If you want to learn more about the Priapus Shot and how it can help you restore a healthy sexual life, call or use our online booking feature to request a complimentary consultation.