Long-Term Use Of Prescription Painkillers Linked To Erectile Dysfunction
To test the notion on behalf of unhappy overweight men everywhere, senior author and East Carolina University associate professor Christopher Wingard put rodents on the rat equivalent of the Western diet. Daily, for three months, they were given the rat equivalent of one erectile dysfunction Australia McDonalds meal (burger, fries, large soda), regular full-fat dairy products, a pre-prepared or frozen meal, and a snack of potato chips and a can of soda with a few fruits and vegetables thrown in, says La Favor. A second group received healthy balanced (rat) meals. Half of the animals in each group led the lives of rat couch potatoes. The other half actively exercised. The exercise protocol consisted of four four-minute, high-intensity phases, separated by three-minute recovery phases, walking uphill on a treadmill. I always told my participants that the high-intensity phase is a brisk walk uphill, where at the end of the four minutes they should feel like they need to slow down for a while, says La Favor.
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Erectile Dysfunction: Is A New Treatment On The Way?
Loading Slideshow Arginine Nitric oxide is a key component in developing and maintaining an erection. The amino acid L-arginine -- found naturally in red meat, fish and wheat germ among other foods -- is known to boost the body's production of nitric oxide and has been used to successful treat ED in the past, according to WebMD. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database has also said the amino acid could be used to treat ED, Everyday Health reports. Spider Venom The toxin PnTx2-6 -- found in the venom of the Brazilian wandering spider -- was found to improve "erectile function in aged rats," according to a study published in August. Pomegranate Juice Pomegranate juice has a number of health benefits; researchers recently found the tart drink was responsible for lowering blood pressure. A 2007 small-scale study that found promising results in using pomegranate juice to protect against ED called for a larger test to prove its efficacy, WebMD reports. Yohimbe Mmm, bark. Prior to Viagra hitting the market, doctors would prescribe the bark of the African yohimbe tree to ED sufferers. While its ability to improve erections is questioned, doctors are no stranger to its yohimbe's many scary side effects, including increased blood pressure and irregular heart beat, according to WebMD. Ginseng Live Science noted that ginseng was among one of the many natural aphrodisiacs that had the most potential to treat ED. Gingko A recent study found that ginko biloba extract does not prevent memory loss in those with Alzheimer's, but it may help ED sufferers by increasing blood flow to the penis, according to Mayo Clinic.
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A Shocking Discovery to Treat Erectile Dysfunction
Researchers from Israel have reported promising preliminary results from using low-intensity shock wave therapy to help treat vasculogenic erectile dysfunction (ED). In fact, 15 out of the 20 patients who suffered from mild or moderate ED who have been treated so far had a significant improvement with their erectile function, and in most cases were able to discontinue treatment with phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors. Yoram Vardi, M.D., chief of the neuro-urology unit at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, presented the recent findings at the annual meeting of the European Society for Sexual Medicine. He explained that the low-energy shock wave therapy is being increasingly used to help induce regeneration of small coronary vessels in patients that have angina and who are not suitable for angioplasty or coronary surgery. During each of the treatment sessions, the low-energy shock wave therapy was applied on the penile shaft and crus for approximately three minutes in each of the five anatomical sites. The shock waves are one-tenth the level of intensity as the shock waves that are used to pulverize kidney stones. The men underwent a three-week course of two weekly treatment sessions and then a second identical round of therapy that started three weeks later. The erectile dysfunction was assessed at the time of enrollment and then four weeks after the end of their treatment.
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News Medical reports the misuse or prolonged administration of opioid painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone can have several side effects: sedation, respiratory depression, constipation, and a strong sense of euphoria. Dependence an addiction can develop over time, which is detected upon an abrupt discontinuation of medication. A Kaiser Permanente study, lead and authored by Dr. Richard A. Deyo an investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and Professor of Evidence-based Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University suggests there is also a link between prescription painkillers and a higher occurrence of erectile dysfunction (ED). Researchers used electronic health records to document a link between prescription opioid use and ED prescriptions. The medical records of more than 11,000 men with back pain were examined to find out if men taking prescription painkillers were more likely to also receive prescriptions for testosterone replacement or ED medications.
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