What is impotence and what are the major causes of impotence? Impotency defined as inability of the male organ to perform sexual act. The most common form of impotence is erectile dysfunction.
Impotence is not associated with lack of interest in sex or loss of libido. With the right nutrition and proper exercise, impotency can be corrected in most cases.
Impotence increases with age and is mostly caused by such medical problems as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, thyroid problems, prostate surgery, spinal cord injury, and low levels of testosterone. It also can be psychological or a side effect of certain medications. Lifestyle is also important.
The causes of impotency or erectile dysfunction are numerous. There are physical as well as psychological causes or combination of both. Over 50 percent of all impotence results from physical causes.
All men need a sufficient amount of testosterone, the primary male hormone, in their systems. If testosterone levels are low, there’s little desire for sex and no ability to get an erection. Testosterone also plays a big role for sexual desire in women.
What affects sexual performance? Aging plays a big role. As testosterone level begins to decrease with age, it causes negative impact on sexual desire and potency. The body’s glands operate more sluggishly and produce fewer hormones. This can lead to a significant drop in testosterone. Testosterone is responsible for sexual desire and function.
A deficiency of testosterone can cause impotence. However, when the testosterone level is within the normal range, consuming additional amount either orally or by injection will send a signal to the testicles to produce less male hormone which can result in shrinking the size of testicles. The same is true for using steroids.
Although there are some medications available to cause erection in men, they have serious side effects. These medications also fail to cause true sexual desire the way you felt in your twenties or even thirties. What most people don’t know is that certain nutrition and natural herbs can help increase testosterone levels.
Low testosterone level can affect the entire system, including:
These health problems can be reduced or eliminated when men restore their low testosterone level back to normal.
An erection occurs because an area in the brain directs the autonomous system to pump the penis full of blood that makes the penis firm. Circulatory problems can prevent enough blood to be pumped to the penis.
High blood sugar and high cholesterol are associated with impotence and causes erectile dysfunction in men. Cholesterol plays a role in the biology of prostate health.
The most common disease associated with impotency is diabetes. Many diabetics ultimately become incapable of having normal sexual functioning. If diabetes is diagnosed and is properly managed with diet, exercise, insulin injections, and oral medication, there is a good chance to restore the potency.
Certain prescription medications have negative impact on libido. The most common of these are tranquilizers, antidepressants, diabetes, and ulcer medications. Hypertension medications also have negative effect on libido.
Great percentages of men with heart problems, or high blood sugar or cholesterol have sexual difficulty. Because of the link between erectile dysfunction and the cardiovascular system, impotence may provide an early warning symptom of heart disease.
Certain diseases that have an adverse effect on central nervous system or impede blood circulation by constricting arteries can cause impotence. The narrowing of arteries and impaired circulation can produce the following symptoms: leg pain, cramps, partial hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and chest pain.
High cholesterol is associated with impotence. For every 10 point rise in cholesterol above normal, there is a 32 percent increase in the risk of impotence. Arteriosclerosis is buildup of cholesterol and other fatty acids along the interior walls of arteries, narrowing the opening through which the blood must pass.
Smoking and high blood cholesterol allows more and more plaque to build up. Whenever there is a blockage of blood supply to an organ, loss of function occurs.
Emotional problems such as stress, fatigue, anxiety, and fear can have short or long term effect on potency.
In general, depressed people try to convince themselves that they are just tired or stressed. Meanwhile, they are experiencing loss of appetite, decreased libido, difficulty concentrating, sleeping, or even engaging in some physical activity.
Unfortunately, many of the drugs prescribed to lift depression have the side effect of reducing sexual desire and potency. One of the best ways to combat depression is to get active in some daily physical activity and think more positively.
Nutrition plays a big role in overall health, including sexual desire. For example, lack of adequate zinc in the body can lower testosterone level. Prolactin stops testosterone production and causes dihydrotestosterone to be produced, which is responsible for prostate enlargement. Zinc stops the pituitary gland from producing prolactin.
There are nerves in the brain called alpha 2-adrenergic receptors that when activated, will prevent the blood valves to the penis from opening. Aging can cause these receptors to stay active.
The good news is that most sexual disorders and erectile dysfunction can be corrected or greatly reduced by proper nutrition and with proper medication when the symptoms are severed.
By David Jacobson – 2019 – Update 2020
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