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Hidden Health Problems Linked with Erectile Dysfunction

It's not just your sex life you need to worry about.

It's a common stereotype that all men think about is sports and sex. What if one of these made the other one better? Medical research now shows that healthy living (which might include sports) combined with healthy eating can actually help prevent erectile dysfunction.

In this video, internist Paul Knoepflmacher, MD, explains how living an active and healthy lifestyle can help maintain a healthy sex life.

Many cases of erectile dysfunction are caused by health problems such as diabetes or blockages in the arteries. In fact, erectile dysfunction is often one of the first signs that heart disease is under way. (Here’s how heart disease affects the body, causing complications such as erectile dysfunction.)  

Because erectile dysfunction is closely linked to heart disease, these conditions share similar risk factors, including smoking, being overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excessive consumption of alcohol. This means taking steps to prevent erectile dysfunction can also lower your chances of heart disease (as well as type 2 diabetes or stroke).

Erectile dysfunction can be stressful, and not only for men. After all, a healthy sex life can be an important part of maintaining a fulfilling relationship (as well as other amazing benefits of sex).

Erectile dysfunction can be difficult to talk about, but it is more common than you may think. Erectile dysfunction affects around 30 million men in the United States, so don't be embarrassed to talk to your doctor about it. Here are tips for talking to your doctor about ED.

Paul Knoepflmacher, MD

This video features Paul Knoepflmacher, MD. Dr. Knoepflmacher is a clinical instructor of medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he also maintains a private practice.

Duration: 1:11. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Dr Saema Khandakar, Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: May 23, 2017
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