HealthWatch (WFRV) -- From stress to diabetes, even back surgery. Many things can cause erectile dysfunction and there are many ways to treat it. But men, if you don't want to pop a pill or go under the knife listen up!
It's easy to find commercials for drugs to treat it.
But finding a man to talk about erectile dysfunction is not as easy.
One guy was brave enough to say...
"It's a big issue for me."
"So basically, as young as teens to as old as 80s," says Zamip Patel, MD, an Urologist/Andrologist at Florida Hospital.
A surgical implant like this is the last resort, but, as a first option...
"Most patients want a natural treatment," explained Dr. Patel.
A Harvard study found walking 30 minutes a day is linked to a 41 percent drop in E.D. risk. Food can help fight it too. Dark chocolate contains flavinoids that can improve circulation issues that cause E.D. Nitrates in leafy greens like spinach and celery and a protein in pistachios can also help with blood flow, and studies show watermelon can have effects similar to Viagra.
"The idea is that these are high in antioxidants and that can help," said Dr. Patel.
A little muscle building can be beneficial too, but not these muscles.
Doctor Patel says, exercising the muscle at the base of the penis can help maintain an erection. It's easy to do.
"Every time you pee, start and stop the stream," explained Dr. Patel.
A few simple things that could improve your sex life.
Harvard's Healthbeat reports a man with a 42-inch waistline is 50-percent more likely to have E.D. than a man with a 32-inch waistline. That's because fat creates estrogen and lowers testosterone, which can decrease erectile function.