I know, we’re on fire with these “Top 5” lists this week. This one is definitely a bit more technical than the post about garlic’s outstanding health benefits, though (Check out the article about Garlic here). For this post, we are going to take a look at five things you most likely didn’t know about erectile dysfunction. Hopefully there will be something on this list for everyone in terms of learning something new. With that out of the way, let’s get on with the list!
1.It isn’t just you. Now, admittedly, this isn’t much of a shock to those of you who have been reading our blog for an extended period of time, but for many men who are beginning to experience the signs and symptoms of ED, the entire experience can be very isolating. If we ignore the feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt for a second and look at the raw data, it is estimated that as many as 30 million men in just the United States suffer from some degree of ED. THIRTY. MILLION. That’s far too many other guys in the same boat as you to qualify as being alone. What’s more? As many as half of men over the age of 75 report experiencing some or all ED symptoms.
2. It might be all in your genes. Yes, genes, as in genetics; not jeans as in your pants. A series of genetic researchers the world-over are not only examining the relationship between genetics and erectile dysfunction, but also if gene therapy might yield a successful treatment, or possibly even a cure. While all of this is still in its very early days, it is nonetheless an incredibly interesting idea.
3. ED as a symptom, not the disease? Contrary to popular belief, erectile dysfunction is typically not, on its own, a disease itself. Often, it is the signifier of some larger health issue or concern. As such, even if it is uncomfortable, it is something that wholly deserves medical attention. If you begin to experience these symptoms yourself, your best bet is to go see your doctor and confirm that nothing more serious is going on before engaging in any kind of treatment or supplementation for the ED itself. Doing so will take a large burden off of your shoulders, and also ensure that whatever treatment path you choose will not in any way backfire and pose a more serious risk to your health than it would have otherwise.
4. Brush your teeth, avoid ED? I know what you’re thinking: what on earth could one possibly have to do with the other? If it’s any consolation, I thought the same thing at first. Apparently, though, there is a pretty intriguing link between oral hygiene and erectile dysfunction. Studies have shown that, in general, men with gum disease or other oral health conditions are more likely to experience ED in their lives than those with stellar oral hygiene. While this sounds absurd, the proposed link between the two is the commonality of inflammation in such oral health diseases, which may create a diversion of blood flow to places other than where it should be going. Again, this research is still relatively new, but this is just further proof that your dentist is always right.
5. It actually isn’t part of the aging process. This sort of plays back into point number 3, but is worth devoting a bit more time to. The most common myth associated with erectile dysfunction is that it is a natural part of getting older. Statistically, though, this isn’t really true. I know we said nearly half of men over 75 experience symptoms of ED, but the key word there is symptoms. Individually, the symptoms can be the result of any number of factors, such as blood pressure irregularities, but those men typically do not qualify as having the actual condition itself. As we said earlier, it is often a signifier of some larger health concern rather than existing in a bubble as a disease of its own. This is especially true in older men who, by their very nature, are more prone to getting sick as the body’s natural defenses begin to weaken. As such, age really doesn’t have all that much to do with it, and certainly not as much as people may believe.
Well, there you have it: our list of the top five most interesting/surprising/unknown facts about erectile dysfunction. If you have any of your own that we neglected to put on the list, or want to share your experiences with the condition, leave it all in the comments section below!