By MH Staff - Posted on 12th May 2014
Till impotence do us part?
Does your cellphone go everywhere you go? If you answered yes, and if this research is anything to go by, you may have a hard time getting up. According to two new studies in Austria and Egypt, there's a link between daily cellphone use and erectile dysfunction (ED). Researchers found that men in the study who used their cellphones for more than four hours a day were more likely to become impotent than those who used it for less than two hours a day. What exactly is getting you down? Either electromagnetic radiation emitted by cellphones or the heat they generate, the researchers believe. Does this mean you should cut down on your time on Facebook? Though researchers say their study "showed the total time of exposure to the cell phone is much more important than the relatively short duration of intense exposure during phone calls," it was a preliminary, small-scale study, so a large-scale study is needed to confirm findings.
Bleeding gums? Bad breath? Then save your breath – if you want to keep having a normal sex life. Yes, bad breath is a turn off, but it could do more than just scare her outta your bed. Inflamed or infected gums (periodontitis) may cause erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a new study by researchers at Luzhou Medical College in China published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The study, which was conducted on rats, showed that periodontitis could lead to erectile dysfunction. This study concurs with a previous study which concluded that periodontitis was more common in men with ED than men without. "Identifying and treating periodontitis in the patient presenting with or without [erectile dysfunction] may improve the patient’s sexual health," the researchers were quoted as saying. Others however say gums are a far cry from penises. Dr Andrew Kramer, a surgeon and erectile dysfunction expert at the University of Maryland Medical Center "[doesn't think] your gums are related to your penis in any reasonable way." He says that periodontitis could merely indicate poor overall health, which could put men at greater risk of ED. Authors conclude that more research is needed to confirm whether treating periodontitis could also treat erectile dysfunction.
Meds such as finasteride and dutasteride may treat male pattern baldness and enlarged prostate, but at what cost to your penis? According to a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, side-effects of using these meds may include erectile dysfunction and loss of libido in some men. Kramer says "these drugs work by reducing the amount of dihydrotestosterone [the male sex hormone that helps maintain sex drive] circulating in the blood." So while these meds may help patch up your head, the hormonal changes it causes could hamper your erection.
Diabetic male? You're two to three times more likely to have ED than men without diabetes, say the National Institutes of Health. The regulation of blood flow into and out of the penis is essential for achieving an erection, but poorly regulated blood sugar can damage nerves and blood vessels that control erections and allow blood flow to the penis.
"There's a biochemical component to depression that may make it difficult to get and keep an erection," said researchers in this study at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. To stimulate blood flow to the penis, brain cells need chemicals to help with communication. Some antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can cause sexual problems in men and women, which can lead to erectile dysfunction, loss of libido and delayed ejaculation in men, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Can't keep it up? You're not alone. Erectile dysfunction (ED) and impotence is fairly prevalent in South Africa, affecting about 5% of men from the age of 30 and significantly escalates to between 50% – 60% in men over the age of 60, say urologists. Here's how you can Beat Erectile Dysfunction With A Vegan Diet