By Brad Palubicki
In my previous blog post I talked about the condition of low testosterone (low T) that affects men of many different ages. One of the symptoms of low T is erectile dysfunction (ED). However, ED is much more than just a symptom low testosterone levels, it is a surprisingly pervasive and complex medical issue that affects more than 33 million men in the United States alone!
There are many underlying causes that may contribute to the development of ED, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, neurologic conditions, prostate problems, etc. Everyday we are bombarded by different ads promising a quick and easy solution to ED. As a result, the ubiquitous blue pill has become a household name and an ever-present element of pop-culture.
Dr. Christopher Asandra, M.D., Founder and Chief Medical Officer of NuMale Medical Center, provides shocking statistics in his article “The Rate Of Erectile Dysfunction.” He points out that “one in five men over the age of 20 and more than half of men over 65” are suffering from ED nationwide. However, instead of running tests and trying to identify the underlying causes of the problem, doctors are often too quick to prescribe oral ED medication which only serves as a temporary solution and can have many dangerous side effects.
ED is a very painful topic for most men that is not often discussed at dinner parties. Our type A cultural stereotypes make it extremely difficult for many men to admit having ED and seek professional medical help. It is much easier to swallow a “magic pill” and forget about the problem, even if only for a couple of hours. However, if we want to make real progress and live healthier and more fulfilling lives, we ought to have an open discussion about these issues and seek to remove the taboo surrounding ED once and for all.
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