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Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is a life-changing diagnosis that demands a deeper look at how we live our entrepreneurial lives. For some, ED is a manageable condition with no further consequences, but it can also easily be an indication of more serious health complications further down the road. Here’s everything you need to know about life with ED.
Can ED Lead To Other Complications?
There can be multiple potential causes of ED depending on the lifestyle of the individual. Diagnosing the right factors behind your diagnosis can tell you a lot about other potential health conditions.
- Stress and Anxiety: Around 1 in 4 men in the US will seek treatment for ED, and stress is a big contributor to this statistic. A demanding personal or professional life can severely dampen sexual feelings and cause short-term ED. Performance anxiety stemming from self-esteem issues has a similar effect.
Fortunately, these factors can be dealt with through consistent therapy and a pivot to a less stressful lifestyle. If left untreated, long-term stress can compound your health problems, leading to high blood pressure and heart disease.
- Medication: Decreased blood flow to the penis can also be a side effect of certain medications. Common culprits include high blood pressure, antidepressants, and appetite suppressants. This factor is harder to deal with since most patients won’t have the power to stop taking their medicines altogether. Consult your doctor to see if there are any available alternatives.
- Physical Factors: Conditions like obesity and excessive consumption of alcohol and cigarettes can temporarily dull emotional responses and lead to ED. While this is generally reversible, these conditions severely heighten the risk of other more serious conditions like cancer.
Finding the right cause of ED is only the first step. Most men will fixate on questions of sexual potency and ignore the more serious health complications implied by ED. Physical conditions like obesity and even diabetes cause arteries to swell up and harden. This doesn’t just affect sexual performance, it also impedes the flow of oxygen around your body and raises blood pressure. The question remains: what can you do about it?
How To Avoid More Serious Conditions
Entrepreneurs and employees working in high-stress environments have their work cut out for them when it comes to ED. Still, there are a few precautions you can take to avoid a more serious condition later on.
Staying on top of your mental health should always be a priority for entrepreneurs dealing with ED. Talk therapy involves meeting a therapist to work through the core issues that are causing stress and anxiety. Steady communication over just a few sessions can bring about a significant improvement in stress and provide you with an outlet to help you cope with a fast-paced lifestyle.
ED can have a devastating effect on couples that don’t communicate well. If you feel like your condition is negatively impacting your relationship, it might be time to visit a counselor. Counselors will help you and your significant other navigate the complexities of ED and foster better communication.
Dealing with ED doesn’t mean your sex life has to come to an end. While you’re getting treated for your condition, consider using a penis sleeve to make things easier for you and your significant other. Sleeves are a great way to deal with the stigma and loss of self-esteem that often accompanies a diagnosis, and can help you avoid further health complications by reducing stress.
A Healthier Lifestyle
The best way to get ahead of ED-causing conditions like obesity and diabetes is to switch to a healthier lifestyle as early as possible. Those who are already suffering from these conditions will also find it much easier to deal with their ED after incorporating changes like regular exercise, balanced meals, and ample sleep.
Exercises like Kegels and regular yoga have been proven to be effective against ED. Kegels strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, improving sexual performance significantly. Yoga, on the other hand, will combat stress to ease ED symptoms.
To New Beginnings
The bottom line is that ED can absolutely be a sign of a more serious condition if left untreated, but it can also be an opportunity for entrepreneurs to explore a happier and less stressful lifestyle. Go the extra mile to give your body the care it deserves, it’s always worth it.