Modifiable Risk Factors for Erectile Dysfunction
June 21, 2023
Did you know that your party lifestyle could be contributing to your erectile dysfunction?
ED is a common condition that has many causes but chronic alcohol consumption and/or smoking can damage nerves and blood vessels, making it difficult to achieve and maintain an erection for sex. Not to mention, bad habits can raise your risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, stroke, liver failure, and digestive problems.
That’s why it takes a medical expert like Dr. Earl Eye the President and Chief Medical Officer of Cenegenics Elite Health Jacksonville to determine the exact men’s healthcare you need. Dr. Eye has practiced medicine for 40 years in Jacksonville and is board certified in five medical specialties, including advanced training in age-management medicine. By seeking his advice, you will have a medical diagnosis to determine your best course of action for a better sex life.
How long after you stop drinking does ED improve?
Alcohol is a depressant that can dampen your mood, decrease sexual desire, and make it hard for you to achieve erections Chronic drinking over the years can damage nerves and blood vessels – both of which can inhibit your ability to get and maintain an erection that’s suitable for sexual intercourse.
The results of a study published by the National Institute of Health stated that of 104 men who were studied, 88.5% showed improvement in ED after 3 months of abstinence from alcohol. The Wilcoxon signed rank test confirmed that the participant’s improvement in ED after three months of abstinence was significant.
Don't let ED hold you back from a healthy, satisfying sex life. Take control of your sexual health and schedule an appointment to speak with our doctor right away. Dr. Eye may suggest reducing your alcohol consumption or might find other causes that need to be addressed to help you get back on track.
But alcohol isn’t the only culprit...
Even though you find it fun to be a party animal, poor lifestyle habits like drinking and smoking can invariably lead to poor sexual performance. Studies show that about 1 in 5 men who drink heavily will develop ED, and about 50% of men who smoke will experience sexual performance issues. However, the good news is that by quitting alcohol and smoking, you can help improve your ED.
Since alcohol can damage crucial nerves and vessels that are important for achieving an erection and smoking can reduce blood flow, someone who smokes while drinking is at a higher risk for sexual dysfunction. Fact is the more you smoke and the more you drink, the more likely you will experience erectile dysfunction. But remember, small changes in reversing poor lifestyle habits can produce big results.
In summary, choosing a healthy lifestyle can significantly improve your sexual performance and help prevent ED. By quitting smoking and alcohol abuse, you take the first step towards improving your sexual health and overall wellbeing. When you visit GAINSWave Jacksonville, Dr. Eye can perform a thorough male sexual health exam to identify hormone deficiencies and physical damage that may be impacting your sex life.
How GAINSWave Helps to Restore Sexual Health
Erectile dysfunction may seem like an insurmountable problem, but it is highly treatable. Not only can lifestyle changes lead to improved physical and emotional health for patients, but it can also renew intimacy for couples. Positive impacts on testosterone levels are often seen in just a few short weeks after stopping smoking or abusing alcohol.
Most men don’t realize the serious affects that the excessive use of tobacco and/or alcohol can have on their sex life until a problem like erectile dysfunction happens to them. Whether it is an untimely loss of an erection or an inability to be aroused, it is likely something physical is interfering with the natural sexual response of your autonomic nervous and circulatory systems.
Organic ED is a commonly caused by abnormalities in the penile arteries, veins, or both. Steady blood flow is essential for erectile function, but as discussed, the penis's blood vessels can deteriorate and fill with micro-plaque to restrict natural blood flow. At GAINSWave, we use non-invasive shockwave therapy to open up existing blood vessels and stimulate the formation of new ones. This leads to improved blood flow and enhanced erectile function to boost sexual performance.
By prioritizing certain lifestyle changes, you can increase your chances of enjoying a healthier sex life. Dr. Earl Eye has the experience and expertise to accurately diagnose and treat multifactorial causes of erectile function. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and begin your journey to better sexual health.