Men's Sexual Health and Medical Talk Show Expert Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh, MD Talks About How Erectile Dysfunction Affects Quality of Life NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/
- Otherwise known as ED, erectile dysfunction
is the consistent or reoccurring inability to obtain or maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual performance. ED affects an estimated 30 million men in the United States and occurs most frequently in men who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, vascular disease and neurological diseases. However, according to Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh, director of the Division of Urology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and president of the International Society of Men's Health, "Every man can and should have better sex, even those who suffer from medical conditions, other major illnesses and disorders."
Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh has dedicated his practice to the research, education and clinical practice of men's sexual health
. As a result, he has helped countless men discover the root of their ED and treat it accordingly. "There is usually never just one cause of ED, so it's important to treat a variety of causes that could be at fault," said Dr. Ridwan. Refusing to accept the old school of thought that sexual function and enjoyment diminishes with age, Dr. Ridwan says his patients are his best teachers. "Sex is part of a quality of life, and is something that everyone should be able to partake in and enjoy, no matter what age," he said.
Many times, psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, depression and relationship problems, are to blame for ED. However, many lifestyle risk factors contribute to it, including obesity, smoking, alcohol or lack of exercise. "Research has shown that ED can be an early sign of diabetes or cardiovascular problems, which further affect quality of life," said Dr. Ridwan, who hosts a medical talk show
on men's health
on his website, www.DrRidwan.com, "Men who have ED were twice as likely to have diabetes as compared to otherwise healthy men."
It's also been reported that ED precedes a metabolic syndrome
(abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, or diabetes, abnormal lipids, or high cholesterol, and high blood pressure) years in advance. ED also predicts a heart attack 3 years in advance. "This is important information that should not be overlooked as it gives men a reliable 'call to action' to see a doctor," said Dr. Ridwan. Ultimately, says Dr. Ridwan, a focus on sexual health could lead the way to improved overall men's health, which prompts them to adopt a more healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, good nutrition and avoiding cigarettes and alcohol.
"Unfortunately, many men with ED assume it will resolve itself, while many older men accept it as a consequence of aging, but neither assumption is true," said Dr. Ridwan, "ED is very treatable, but only 30% of men will actually see a doctor about it, despite the fact that many of them would like to receive treatment." Dr. Ridwan's recommends treatment for ED after a comprehensive medical history review, physical examination, blood workup and other medical tests.
When lifestyle changes or medical treatment fails to solve the patient's sexual dysfunction, Dr. Ridwan then presents more comprehensive medical and surgical options, taking into consideration invasiveness, convenience, effectiveness, side effects, partner satisfaction and cost. "There is no reason to live with ED – obsessing over it can actually make it worse," concluded Dr. Ridwan. "But men need to realize that there is lot more than better sex at stake. Patients come to me in search of an ED solution but instead end up finding better health."
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