Erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer are scary subjects for all men. Both are related to male sexual health, a specialty for some physicians. Here, you will find factual information about each of these scary conditions and the steps you should take to reduce your risks.
Erectile Dysfunction – Overview
Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection are the main symptoms of erectile dysfunction. The causes may be psychological or physical. The diagnosis is typically made when a man has continuous, rather than occasional problems, but talking to your doctor about occasional problems is a good idea.
Treatments for ED in the local Raleigh, North Carolina area vary depending on the underlying cause. Oral, topical and injectable medications are available. Vacuum pumps to assist with achieving erection and equipped with a ring for maintaining the erection are available by prescription. When medications and other options are ineffective or undesirable, surgery may be an alternative. Penile implants are an example of surgical interventions for the treatment of ED.
Prostate Cancer – Overview
Prostate cancer is a common form of cancer in men over the age of 50. In the early stages, there may be no symptoms. As the disease progresses, blood in the urine, back pain, pelvic pain and frequent urination may be experienced, although these can be symptoms of other conditions, including benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. BPH is also referred to as enlarged prostate and affects most men to some extent as they age.
Regular physical examination of the prostate gland is recommended after the age of 50. Prostate cancer screening may also be recommended, especially for men with a number of risk factors. Treatment may include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and removal of the prostate gland. Erectile dysfunction is usually a complication of prostate cancer treatment.
Reducing Your Risk of Erectile Dysfunction and Prostate Cancer
The two conditions are quite different in some ways but they do share some things in common. Reducing your risk factors for one may also reduce your risk of the other. Some risk factors, such as genetics, are out of your control. The ones mentioned here are controllable.
Eating a lot of red or processed meat has been linked to prostate cancer. Red and processed meats are typically high in saturated fat and diets high in saturated fats are accompanied by an increased risk of vascular disease, which in turn increases the risk of erectile dysfunction.
Obesity is a risk factor for both conditions, as is lack of physical activity. Sedentary lifestyles play a role in many health problems. Healthy diet and lifestyle reduce your risks.
If you have concerns about erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer, talk to your doctor or see a practitioner who specializes in male sexual health.