All that we see in the TV commercials is a romantic erotic setup with a voice in the background warning you about how your erectile dysfunction can spoil this perfectly amazing setup for you.
You end up hoping to God that you don’t get stuck with medications to treat your erectile dysfunction. You don’t have to be a muscular good looking person to have erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is more common than you would expect, especially in younger men. According to surveys one in every four patient diagnosed with erectile dysfunction is under 40 years of age.
This sounds very worrisome and you wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of this statistic.
Below is some information on how to avoid erectile dysfunction or even curb on its onset.
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction is the perpetual difficulty in getting an erection on maintaining it for a long enough to have sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is sometimes accompanied by a reduced sex drive which can further cause a lot of relationship problems. It might seem like a mess and something to be ashamed of on the surface of things, but over time science has figured out that it’s a lot more than that.
Erectile Dysfunction can point towards a lot of other underlying problems. Over the years, it has become a very important symptom indicating a lot of other problems in a man’s overall health. Considering that erections are caused due to expanded blood vessels that allow smooth blood flow, it is clear that a healthy strong heart and clear arteries are very important for a man performance in bed. If his heart works fine, so will his penis. However cardiovascular problems are not the only reason that causes Erectile Dysfunction, there is a very wide and diverse range of other causes as well.
These sources can range from hormonal imbalance to mineral deficiencies to chronic inflammation. Chances are in most cases, if you are suffering from Erectile Dysfunction, there is an underlying cause for it. But because people are not really educated about erectile dysfunction and its symptoms and causes, they end missing on that underlying cause.
Therefore it is important to keep a track of some related biomarkers that can help you prevent the progression of some occasional incidents to occur and clinical diagnosis.
ED-related biomarkers that should be kept in check
Keep an eye on your cholesterol
Cholesterol is a waxy type of substance found in the human body. It is important to build healthy cells in the body but high levels of cholesterol can cause heart diseases.
When the cholesterol levels in your blood increase it starts getting deposited on the inside of the arterial walls. This forms a layer of plage inside the blood vessels which narrows the passage and hampers with the blood flow. The blood flow slows down increasing the blood pressure or in worst cases, the blood flow stops altogether. Cholesterol can affect all blood vessels in the body including the penis. When it starts depositing in the pulmonary blood vessels present in the penis, erection and its duration suffer. This happens because the blood flow inside the penis gets compromised which is important to get an erection.
Against popular belief, people with thin waistline and normal body mass index (BMI) can also have erectile dysfunction. In the same way, physically healthy people can also have high cholesterol, especially if someone in the family suffers from the same. High cholesterol due to heredity is a very common phenomenon. So it’s very important to keep an eye on your cholesterol.
HDL is popularly known as the “good” cholesterol. HDL acts like a passage sweeper that clears out the bits of bad cholesterol that are deposited inside the blood vessels and takes them back to the liver where they are broken down and cleared out of the body.
High HDL helps in reversing the effect caused by bad cholesterol in the body. Higher levels of HDL are associated with a healthy penis. So it’s important to keep a track of your HDL.
Testosterone is a male hormone that helps in developing male sex organs. It also helps in maintaining sex drive and generating sperm. Researchers have found out that men who have lower levels of testosterone are more prone to experiencing erectile dysfunction than those who have normal levels. With or without erectile dysfunction testosterone is important for muscle function of the penis. Low levels of testosterone can affect your ability to get an erection or even maintain one. Keep an eye on your testosterone levels, if you see them dropping try eating magnesium-rich foods. Magnesium rich foods help in increasing your free T levels.
hsCRP is kind of protein released into your bloodstream by the liver during systemic inflammation. This can be caused because of multiple issues. Inflammation affects the blood flow in certain areas of the body which is imperative to get an erection. Hence it is pretty direct that high levels of hsCRP can be associated with an elevated risk of Erectile Dysfunction.
Low levels of magnesium lead to low levels of testosterone which may lead to erectile dysfunction. Apart from testosterone levels magnesium also plays an important role in inflammation and blood vessel lining both of which are directly related to erectile dysfunction. So magnesium level can be an important biomarker.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
If all the above-mentioned biomarkers are at normal levels and you are still having performance issues in bed shift the focus to your lifestyle. Try not to take any kind of stress, stop using tobacco, excessive alcohol or any sort of recreational drugs. It’s very easy to miss out of these habits and the effect they can have on your health.
It’s very important to keep a track of the above-mentioned biomarkers and keep them on an optimal level. Reacting to these biomarkers when the levels are suboptimal can land you in trouble.
For example, using medications to reduce the level of bad cholesterol can result in low levels of testosterone as well, which is obviously something that you wouldn’t want.
Keep an eye on these biomarkers and adjust your lifestyles and food habits accordingly.
Instead of treating erectile dysfunction you can prevent it from occurring in the first place!