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Lifestyle Changes and Treatments for Managing Erectile Dysfunction

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Jun 23, 2014 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers tells men that making healthy lifestyle changes may help those with ED regain sexual function.


Men out there: if you have erectile dysfunction, or ED, there’s probably one thing on your mind – how to treat it.
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.
While medical conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease, can cause ED, making healthy lifestyle changes may help you regain sexual function. You should:
  • quit smoking 
  • drink less alcohol 
  • increase physical activity 
  • and lose weight
Your doctor may also recommend treatments for ED, such as:
  • medications or devices to increase blood flow 
  • counseling to help reduce stress 
  • or surgery to reconstruct arteries or to implant a device
To learn more about ED and other urinary conditions affecting men, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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