An estimated 52% of American men experience erectile dysfunction (ED) in some form. While common, ED can be a warning sign that something else is going on with your body – namely an underlying disease.
At Urology Specialist Group, our experienced urology team provides comprehensive care for ED in adult men. We offer diagnostic testing services to identify the factors contributing to the condition and also personalize an erectile dysfunction treatment plan using lifestyle changes, medications, and other strategies.
The link between chronic health issues and erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction describes the inability to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for sex. In many cases, temporary ED is the result of stress, depression, and other psychological or emotional issues.
As men get older, their risk increases for a range of chronic diseases due to their genetic history, lifestyle, and diet. These diseases can also play a role in persistent ED issues due to the physical and psychological changes they cause in your body.
Physical diseases linked to erectile dysfunction include:
- High cholesterol
- Multiple sclerosis
- Atherosclerosis (clogged arteries)
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
Erectile dysfunction is also more likely to occur in men as they age due to low testosterone levels, prostate enlargement, or Peyronie’s disease, a condition where scar tissue develops inside of the penis.
Leaving any of these conditions untreated and uncontrolled can not only reduce your sexual performance and satisfaction, you may also face ongoing health challenges in the long term. For this reason, you need the integrative, personalized care plans our medical team offers.
Customized treatment plans are a must for erectile dysfunction
Ideally, the goal of your treatment plan for ED is to improve the quality of your erections. However, you also need the right treatment for existing conditions that contribute to erectile dysfunction.
Our Urology Specialist Group providers work closely with you on a treatment plan to address both the root cause of ED and the condition itself. For instance, if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you may need to take medications to bring these conditions under control in addition to any medications you take for ED.
We also recommend lifestyle changes you can make to improve your overall health, such as quitting smoking, increasing your daily activity, and learning relaxation techniques to reduce stress.
Lifestyle and diet improvements also help you maintain a healthy weight, so you can lower your risk for obesity and heart disease.
More strategies to manage erectile dysfunction
If ED medications aren’t enough, you might be a candidate for hormone replacement therapy to rebalance your testosterone levels. We also offer penis pumps and penile implant surgery to improve the quality of your erections when other strategies prove ineffective.
We continue to monitor your progress with ED treatment to ensure you’re satisfied with the results. Our experienced physicians can also check on your overall physical function to confirm underlying health issues aren’t interfering with your sexual wellness.
Call the Urology Specialist Group office in Miami Lakes or Hialeah, Florida, to schedule an erectile dysfunction consultation or book an appointment online today.