Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with rickets, cancer, cardiovascular disease, severe asthma in children and cognitive impairment in older adults. Causes include not ingesting enough of the vitamin over time, having limited exposure to sunlight, having dark skin, and obesity. Symptoms include bone pain and muscle weakness. Treatment for vitamin D deficiency involves obtaining more vitamin D through supplements, diet, or exposure to sunlight.
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Dr. Baumgarten says a growing number of men are asking about shockwave therapy, a procedure that uses low-intensity soundwaves similar to those used to break up kidney stones. In theory, shockwave therapy applied to the penis increases blood flow and promotes the growth of new blood vessels.
Erection problems are common. Almost all adult men have trouble getting or keeping an erection at one time or another. Often the problem goes away with little or no treatment. But for some men, it can be an ongoing problem. This is called erectile dysfunction (ED).
If erectile dysfunction is caused by a blockage in an artery leading to the penis, surgery can be used to restore blood flow. Optimal candidates are typically younger men whose blockage stems from an injury to the crotch or pelvis. The surgery is not recommended for older men with widespread narrowing of the arteries throughout their bodies.
When 3724 men were questioned about their dietary habits, men who reported a higher caffeine intake were less likely to report E.D. However, this study was based on self-reported data and was not a prospective study (Lopez et al., 2015). Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, which means that it can reduce blood flow into the penis. Further study is needed to determine whether caffeine improves or worsens E.D. symptoms.
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The earlier you get a diagnosis of ED, the sooner you can start on treatments that can help your symptoms.
Any exercise which increases your heart and breathing rate is known as aerobic exercise - so that includes many different types of exercise, from football, running and badminton to spinning, dancing and swimming.
Journal of Sexual Medicine: “Prevalence and correlates of erectile dysfunction by race and ethnicity among men aged 40 or older in the United States: from the male attitudes regarding sexual health survey.
Picture of vacuum device in action. This image demonstrates the vacuum device in place. Note the presence of the constricting ring at the base of the penis.
Studies show about 5 percent of men who are 40 years old have full-blown ED, and that percentage jumps to 15 percent for men who are 70.
They work for most men and can be used if medicine is not suitable or does not work.
Because of changes in regulations, you no longer need a prescription to get sildenafil.
Other treatments also have possible side effects and complications. Ask your provider to explain the risks and benefits of each treatment.
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Patients of the UAB Urology Clinic usually are referred by their primary care doctor, but some men start their ED treatment journey at the clinic. Almost always, treatment begins with pills designed to increase blood flow to the penis. These include: Sildenafil (Viagra) Tadalafil (Cialis) Vardenafil (Levitra and Staxyn) Avanafil (Stendra)