Erectile Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Impact of Lifestyle

By Dr. Anjani Kumar Agrawal in Urology

Jun 21 , 2022 | 1 min read

All over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem with erection- a condition known as Erectile Dysfunction(ED). I have found a strong link between ED and stress in my research. Other major causes include diabetes, smoking, drinking, hypertension or high blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.

My advice to these patients is- not to get even more stressed over the situation. Instead, focus on taking the right medication and making some changes to your lifestyle, so you can once again enjoy a satisfactory sexual life.

Diagnosis of Erectile Dysfunction

We normally diagnose ED and its underlying causes by asking the patient a few questions about his medical and sexual history. This is sometimes done by sharing a questionnaire with the patient. The questions we ask are designed to help us understand the cause of ED in a particular patient.

We also do a physical exam, ask for certain blood tests to rule out other medical conditions responsible for erectile dysfunction, and do not recommend imaging tests (if required) to determine whether the person is physically able to have an erection.

Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) can cause ED. In these cases, ED can be reversed once the patient starts treatment. In my experience, many men suffer from ED because of work stress, family pressure, and anxiety.

So changes in lifestyle with regular exercise, yoga, abstaining from alcohol and smoking, and proper counseling treats ED. Along with this, medicines for ED are usually prescribed for about 3 to 6 months. By this time lifestyle changes start making an impact, and the patient is physically and mentally healthier, which helps resolve the problem.

An estimated 16% to 25% of men experience ED at some point. I would urge them not to be embarrassed about it. Seek medical help from a urologist and andrologist, get the necessary advice/medication, and enjoy a healthy, fulfilling sexual life.

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