A study reports that erectile dysfunction is significantly and independently
associated with age, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and lack of physical
As many as 18 million men may be affected with erectile dysfunction in the United States. The recent development of effective oral medications to treat erectile dysfunction has raised awareness, however lifestyle changes such as exercise and nutrition may prevent erectile function.
A comprehensive essay on male sexual and reproductive functioning. Topics include: normal size of the male sexual organs, aging and sexuality, role of neurochemicals in each stage of the sexual cycle, erections, influence of psychological factors, drugs and disease on all aspects of sexual functioning and the investigation and treatment of male sexual disorders.
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From the website: 'Researchers are studying if taking a small dose of Viagra
every night can prevent impotence. Though you wouldn't think you'd get much
out of Viagra while you're sleeping, it turns out that nighttime erections
- most men get three or four every night - are crucial to maintaining potency.
The nocturnal erection, which allows blood and oxygen to flow to the genitals,
is nature's way of keeping the penis in working order. The theory is that
anything that increases the intensity and duration of nighttime erections
is good for long-term potency.
Meanwhile, it's worth noting that the best way to prevent impotence is to keep your veins from clogging up in the first place. Don't smoke, eat healthy foods, lose weight and lower your cholesterol.'
An interesting essay written by two sexologists who experiment with Viagra.
They are concerned that the emotional or psychological aspects of erectile
dysfunction (stress, anxiety, disconnection from partner, lack of communication)
are not being addressed by doctors prescribing Viagra (which helps the physical
Note: It is very difficult to prove that sexual disorders are physical or psychological. They are an interconnected mix of both.
For 20 years, the Harvard Health Professionals Follow-up Study has gathered important information about men’s health. In 2000, it added questions about sexuality to its semiannual surveys. According to the Harvard Men’s Health Watch, the new data offer insight on how men can maintain a satisfying sex life as they age.
Chronic illness and the medications used to treat them account for many of the sexual problems of older men. Sexual dysfunction was most prevalent in men with illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and even depression. The Harvard Men’s Health Watch points out that one of the striking results of the study was that men with prostate cancer are 10 - 15 times more likely to experience sexual dysfunction than men without the disease - however, these sexual difficulties typically stem from the treatment rather than the cancer itself.
“All in all, men who remain well are less likely to develop sexual dysfunction with age than men who fall ill,” says Harvey B. Simon, M.D., editor of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch. “And men who take good care of themselves enjoy substantial protection from both illness and sexual decline. The secret to preserving sexuality is to stay healthy and to build healthy relationships - and both require a series of wise choices throughout life.”
Preliminary findings from clinicians at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, show that men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to have cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease affects approximately 40,000 Canadian men annually.
Few studies have assessed the role of pituitary and gonadal hormones on
age related changes in sexual behavior in healthy men. We conducted an evaluation
of sexual function and behavior in 77 healthy married men aged 45 - 74 years.
Significant age related decreases in sexual desire, sexual arousal and activity, and increases in erectile problems were noted.
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