Maintaining Good Health with Erectile Dysfunction

By

Jennifer Larson

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects between 20 and 30 million men in the United States. Most men over 40 encounter episodic erectile dysfunction at one point or another during their lives—and about one in 10 will experience ED as an ongoing or long-term problem. But you can live a perfectly healthy life while undergoing treatment or therapy for ED. In fact, prioritizing your health may even make treatment more effective.

Love your heart.

You might not immediately make a connection between your erectile dysfunction and the status of your cardiovascular system, but ED can be a warning sign of developing heart problems. Atherosclerosis occurs when plaques build up on the walls of your blood vessels, causing them to narrow. This makes it harder for blood to pass through the vessels, and it can cause a heart attack. The effects of this narrowing of the blood vessels can show up in the penis first. If not diagnosed or treated, the condition may occur in other parts of your body—and could lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Erectile dysfunction affects many men, but since it’s rarely talked about, there are a lot of myths floating around. Can you tell fact from fiction?

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