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Is Diabetes Linked to ED?

Is Diabetes Linked to ED?

 Men who struggle with erectile dysfunction (ED) find they often can’t get or maintain an erection firm enough for sex. Although it’s extremely common—as many as 30 million men in America have this problem—it can leave sufferers feeling isolated, frustrated, and discouraged.

 Among men who have diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, ED is particularly widespread. In fact, studies suggest that 35 to 75 percent of men with diabetes will go on to develop ED at some point, compared to 26 percent of the general population—and over the age of 70, about 95 percent of men with diabetes have some difficulty with an erection. Men with diabetes also tend to develop ED 10 to 15 years sooner than men without diabetes.

 So what’s the connection?

Why are men with diabetes more likely to have ED? 

Although the causes of ED are many and complex, one of the main reasons it’s more prevalent in men with diabetes is that long-term high blood sugar levels can cause damage to nerves and blood vessels—including those serving the penis. So even if a man has normal testosterone levels and his desire for sex is fine, he still may not be able to get a firm erection.

 Another way diabetes can interfere with arousal is by suppressing production of the substance that stimulates the erectile tissue in the penis to fill with blood. When a man becomes sexually aroused, a neurotransmitter called nitric oxide gets released into his bloodstream. Nitric oxide makes the arteries and muscles in the penis relax, which allows more blood to flow into the penis and causes an erection.

 When blood sugar levels get too high, less nitric oxide is produced, which can mean there’s not enough blood flow to the penis for a strong erection. For men with diabetes who struggle with swings in blood sugar level, this can be a problem.

 What’s more, having diabetes (especially type 2 diabetes), or being overweight (or both), doubles the chance that a man will have low testosterone—which itself can mean less sexual desire, and fewer and weaker erections.

What can men with diabetes do to help prevent ED? 

If you have diabetes and you’re having trouble getting an erection, first talk to your doctor. It could well be that other health problems that often go with diabetes, like high blood pressure or kidney disease, are at the root of your difficulties. Or maybe you’re taking a medicine that causes ED as a side effect. If so, your doctor should be able to help pinpoint the real cause and guide you to the right course of action.

 In any case, carefully controlling your blood sugar levels can certainly help minimize erection problems, and can even prevent them altogether, by limiting nerve and blood vessel damage. You’ll also feel much healthier (and sexier) in general!

 There’s a recent study suggesting that amino acids called l-arginine and l-citrulline may help improve erectile function. We know these amino acids increase the body’s production of nitric oxide, the neurotransmitter that stimulates erectile tissue. Since men with diabetes tend to produce lower levels of nitric acid, maybe supplementing the diet with these substances could make it easier to get an erection.

 Weight loss may also be a big part of the solution for many men. Being overweight means your body is less able to use the hormone insulin, which controls blood sugar—and as we know, excessive blood sugar increases your chances of nerve and vascular damage, which cause ED. Even a small weight loss of 5 to 7 percent of your body weight can have a big impact on sexual performance. There’s evidence to prove that in men with diabetes weight loss improves testosterone levels, sexual desire, blood flow, and erectile function.

 If you’re a man with diabetes who’s struggling with ED, get in touch with us at Evolution Medical Group to about the safe and ground-breaking solutions we offer—including our personalized Body N Balance wellness and weight loss systems, which will support you through manageable and lasting weight loss.

 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

 Why not just sit back, relax and enjoy this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili recipe. This is great for a healthy easy weekend meal that your entire family will enjoy.  It is also great for a neighborhood pot luck.  Enjoy this fabulous time of year with this easy healthy dish!

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 6 hrs

Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins

Stage: 2 and Beyond
Servings: 6
Calories: 328

Ingredients
• 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Olive Oil extra virgin/ unrefined
• 2 Cups chopped yellow onion about 1 large onion
• 1 green pepper diced
• 6 garlic cloves minced
• 1 pound grass-fed beef or bison
• 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
• 1/2 6oz can tomato paste
• 1 14oz can pumpkin puree
• 1 Cup chicken broth or water
• 2.5 teaspoon dried oregano
• 2 Tbsp. chili powder
• 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
• 1.5 tsp. ground cumin
• 1 tsp. pink salt
• 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions
1. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Add oil and sauté the onions and peppers. About 7 minutes or until onions start to soften.
2. Add the garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant.
3. Add the ground beef/bison. Use a spatula or large spoon to break it up as it cooks. Cook until meat is nearly cooked through.
4. Transfer meat mixture to the slow cooker.
5. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
6. Set heat to LOW and cook for about 6 hours
Recipe Notes
Be sure to read all labels for sugar content!!

7 Tips for Stronger Erections

7 Tips for Stronger Erections

 

It’s a tricky topic to talk about. For many men who have trouble maintaining a strong erection, it’s just too embarrassing to mention.

 

That’s why, even though around 30 million men in the United States struggle with erection problems in some form, so many suffer in silence.

 

But in fact there are simple, safe strategies you can use that may help strengthen your erection. Here are 7 everyday tips that could help get things moving in the right direction.

Tip 1: Watch what you eat

Getting a solid erection is all about good blood flow. So anything that’s bad for your vascular system is also bad for your bedroom performance.

 

A diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and fish, and heart-healthy fats like nuts and olive oil, is the best for keeping cholesterol and blood pressure under control, and keeping blood vessels healthy—including those bringing blood to the penis. (And recent research has shown that men eating a ‘Mediterranean-style’ diet like this are less likely to have erection problems.)

 

Maintaining a healthy weight is also key. Obesity itself can bring down testosterone levels, and type 2 diabetes, which is linked with being overweight, not only accelerates arterial disease (bad for blood flow), it also slows down nerve transmission, which can make erections elusive.

 

If it’s too late to avoid diabetes, be vigilant in checking and controlling your blood sugar—recent Italian study, men who are careless about controlling their levels a higher chance of major erection problems than those who stay on top of things.

Tip 2: Get up and move!

Nothing encourages blood flow like aerobic exercise. Exercise also builds the body’s nitric oxide, which is what stimulates the erectile tissue in the penis.

 

Things like running and swimming definitely help with erection problems – but you might want to think twice about doing a lot of cycling. The blood vessels and nerves supplying the penis can suffer when there’s a lot of pressure on the perineum (the area between the scrotum and anus)—so if you do want to spend time on a bike, make sure your saddle fits comfortably, wear padded cycling pants and be sure to stand up frequently to stop things getting numb!

 

Even walking is great—researchers have found that walking just 2 miles a day can significantly reduce ED risk.

Tip 3: Ditch the cigarettes

Researchers at the University of Kentucky asked men to rate their sex lives on a scale of 1 to 10. They found that, while men who smoked averaged a disappointing 5, nonsmokers rated their bedroom satisfaction at a super-healthy 9.

 

Smoking sabotages your performance in several ways. Cigarettes not only damage your vascular system outright, but nicotine also makes blood vessels contract, so blood just can’t pump through to the penis as it should. What’s more, smoking may make penile tissue less elastic and prevent it from stretching.

 

If you ever needed (another) good reason to quit, surely this is it!

Tip 4: Cut down on drinking

There’s no evidence that moderate alcohol consumption is bad for erectile function—but long-term heavy drinking can definitely cause nerve damage and hormonal imbalances that lead to performance problems.

 

And in the short term, a big dose of booze acts as a depressant on the nervous system—which can pull the plug on sexy-time arousal.

 

Best to keep it to two drinks a day, maximum—especially on date night—to give yourself the best chance in the bedroom.

Tip 5: Don’t give up your morning Joe

Coffee can help, surprisingly. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston found that men who drank 2 to 3 cups of coffee per day were less likely to suffer from erection problems than those who chose caffeine-free drinks.

Tip 6: Decompress and destress

Stress is definitely bad news for an erection. Not only does psychological upset mess with performance from an emotional standpoint, but the hiked adrenaline levels that go with it make blood vessels contract—and, once again, restricted flow means no-go.

 

So anything you can do to ease tension and feel better emotionally is likely to give your sex life a boost. Many men find meditation, yoga (great for circulation too!) and even acupuncture help them relax enough to reduce their erection problems.

Tip 7: Get your snooze on

Did you know that every night while you sleep you have up to five erections, each up to an hour long? Those erections are ‘recharging’ your penis—keeping it healthy and well-nourished with oxygenated blood. So it seems the more shut-eye you get, the happier your penis will be!

 

And on your way to bed, have a good yawn. Yawning and getting an erection are both controlled by nitric oxide, released in the brain—so a big yawn can actually cause a bit of a lift below the belt!

 

If you’re still struggling, don’t worry. There are other super-effective treatments that could help you—without drugs, surgery or needles. Contact Evolution Medical Group to talk to one of our specialists about safe, groundbreaking procedures like acoustic wave therapy and bioidentical hormone therapy, that could transform your life.