Taking a Look at ED: Peyronie’s Disease

July 9, 2013 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition that is quite common among men of all ages, but it’s also a condition that not many people want to talk about. A very common form of ED called Peyronie’s disease can be painful, as it causes a bend in the penis due to a variety of contributing factors.

Peyronie's Disease

According to the Mayo Clinic, the cause of Peyronie’s disease is mostly unknown. However, some researchers believe that the condition may develop after trauma to the penis, such as bending or hitting. This can cause scar tissue build-up and bleeding. While injury will likely be the cause of Peyronie’s disease, the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Clearinghouse (NKUDC) says that this disease often occurs without any injury present.

Pay Attention to the Signs

It’s important to know if you are at risk of ED or Peyronie’s Disease. Some of the factors that seems to play a role in this disease is age and heredity. As men age, their tissue changes can lead to easier injuries and a slower healing process, putting them at greater risk for this condition. Also, men with connective tissue disorders like Dupuytren’s Contracture have a greater chance of developing Peyronie’s disease than others. This disorder refers to a thickening in the hand that makes your fingers pull inwards

Tests that Might be Helpful

If you suspect that you might have Peyronie’s disease, the first step will be to visit your physician. A physical exam will be a good indication if you have this condition, and the exam may involve taking a measurement of your penis. During future visits, this may help to determine if the penis has shortened and also to identify the amount of scar tissue. Based on this information, your doctor may suggest an ultrasound or x-rays to reveal the presence of any possible scar tissue.

Choosing Treatments for ED

If you aren’t experiencing severe pain or symptoms, doctors may choose to wait a while and monitor your condition before they give you medication to solve the problem. If you are experiencing more pain over time, doctors will recommend medicine, injections, or even surgery. Research is inconclusive at this time on whether or not penile injections are effective, but there are two types of medicine that might be prescribed: verapamil and interferon. Verapamil helps to treat high blood pressure, while interferon helps to break down fibrous tissue. Surgery is always reserved as a final option.

Managing Anxiety

Sexual problems can be stressful for many people; men with ED may feel embarrassed or ashamed, and this might make them feel less of a man. This kind of anxiety can lead to other problems too, which is why you should take the necessary steps to avoid this from happening.

You should see a doctor or therapist if you feel you need support or therapy, so that they can help you cope with your condition. It will also be helpful if you can find out more about Peyronie’s disease so that you know what to expect and what the warning signs are.

Author Bio:

Lorien Roux is an editor and copywriter for HealthLine.com, a popular resource that offers expert health advice from qualified professionals and experienced contributors. You can also find Lorien on Google+ or connect with her on Twitter.


Are You Talking Yourself Into Lifelong Obesity?

July 8, 2013 by  
Filed under OBESITY

Apple Obesity

An alarming trend is on the rise in the form of “fat acceptance” movements. This isn’t about being healthy, no matter what your current weight. There is, in all seriousness, a concentrated effort to normalize — and even advocate — for a life of obesity.

There are many reasons why people may feel this is a sensible alternative to diet and weight loss. Unfortunately and perhaps obviously, there are reasons why this trend is doing more harm than good.

A Lack Of Motivation To Be Healthy

The first consequence of fat acceptance, in all sincerity, is a healthy diet. It is certainly possible to eat well and take care of yourself at a higher weight level. Many people even mistakenly assume that someone who is obese cannot be eating healthy foods or watching their calorie intake. This isn’t true at all; what is true is when one makes the conscious effort to ignore nutrition, weight gain is the likely result.

In addition, some assume because they accept themselves as they are, they shouldn’t worry about fitness or regular exercise. Fitness is something people of every weight should take seriously. You can be thin and out of shape, so don’t assume a healthy weight equals a healthy lifestyle.

We are all charged with taking care of the body we have in whatever way we can. You can love yourself as you are and still do what you can to eat better quality foods and be sure to get in weekly exercise routines.

Failure to Address Self-Esteem Issues

It’s like trying to convince everyone that a red 2002 Mustang is really an old yellow Volkswagen. You can’t do it, and people will look at you strangely if you try.

The way society is set up, looks matter. The farther you are from what’s socially acceptable regarding image, the more hurtful others’ reactions can be. Nevertheless, you are more complex and beautiful than what is on a scale. And if you are true to yourself — and love of all of yourself, not just your weight — then it shouldn’t matter what other people think.

Yes, Obesity Is Bad. No Movement Will Change That

One of the reasons people are talking themselves into accepting their obesity is because of the misguided attempt to label the word “obese” as public prejudice and to completely side-step the very real health issues associated with being morbidly overweight. The movement to accept being obese may feel good until you realize that instead of accepting your weight, you may be accepting a lower quality of life attributed to complications caused by being overweight. And that’s not something that anyone should have to accept.

As a result, carefully consider the positive effects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise and a nutritious diet will have you looking — and feeling — better.

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