dr. Alnajjar talks to FEMAIL about the underlying conditions that could be causing erectile dysfunction
It can feel humiliating or embarrassing to suffer from erectile dysfunction – despite the fact that it affects half of the UK male population between the ages of 40 and 70.
But experts have now discovered that the condition can have darker implications, manifesting as a possible symptom of serious problems such as heart disease or high blood pressure.
dr. Hussain Alnajjar told FEMAIL about the possible underlying issues that could lead to erectile dysfunction (or ED), explaining the possible reasons behind it.
He also touched on the importance of seeing a doctor, despite the fact that many feel embarrassed to seek help.
dr. Hussain Alnajjar told FEMAIL about the possible underlying issues that could lead to erectile dysfunction, explaining the potential reasons behind it (photo)
The consultant uro-andrologist and erectile dysfunction expert also described the steps that can be taken to deal with erectile dysfunction, ranging from medication to lifestyle changes.
Rebecca Porta, chief executive of the Urology Foundation, said it was crucial to clear up any doubts men might have about going for a check-up.
She said: ‘Many men are reluctant to seek medical help when needed, so it’s important that we try to combat unhelpful stereotypes about the condition.
How common is erectile dysfunction?
dr. Alnajjar said that ‘ED is much more widespread than you think’, explaining that 1 in 10 men experience the condition in their lifetime, with the problem being more common in men over 40.
He added: ‘It’s important to prioritize your health in cases like this and although these conversations can be uncomfortable, it’s important not to put off seeing a doctor as they will be able to find the right treatment for you and identify if your condition is a sign of something more serious.
‘ED is easily treated and there are various forms of treatment that can be offered to men with the condition.’
What are the possible causes behind erectile dysfunction?
dr. Alnajjar explained that there are a number of conditions that could be a symptom of erectile dysfunction (ED), due to the connection between male arousal and the several body systems it affects.
He says: ‘Male sexual stimulation is a complex process involving the brain, emotions, nerves, hormones, muscles and blood vessels.
‘ED can result from problems with one or a combination of these.’
Meanwhile, he said ED can be the cause of anything from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and neurological conditions.
According to Dr. Alnajjar (pictured), ED can sometimes manifest as a symptom of more serious problems because blood flow is impaired
ED can be identified if a man cannot achieve or maintain an erection suitable for satisfactory intercourse.
‘It can be associated with low sex drive in cases where low testosterone is the cause.’
How does erectile dysfunction arise as a symptom of something more serious?
According to Dr. Alnajjar, ED can sometimes manifest as a symptom of more serious problems because blood flow is impaired.
“In many cases, ED can be a sign of other underlying health problems, such as: atherosclerosis (hardening or clogged arteries), heart disease, high blood pressure or high blood sugar due to diabetes, especially if the condition is recurring,” he explained. .
‘Such conditions often accompany a reduction in blood flow or a problem with the penile nerves due to diabetes, which can affect a man’s ability to achieve an erection, so ED can be an early warning of a more serious illness.’
How should people seek help for erectile dysfunction?
dr. Alnajjar stressed the importance of seeking help from a medical professional, despite many feeling the pressure and attraction of the stigma surrounding the condition.
He explained: ‘Many men find this topic uncomfortable and difficult to talk about.
‘There is still a big stigma attached to ED, which makes many men afraid and reluctant to seek medical help.
However, he stressed that it was vital to overcome any doubts about seeking help.’
Botox in the fight against erectile dysfunction! Injections directly into the penis ‘may help impotent men’
It may be known for ironing out wrinkles.
Injecting impotent men straight into their penis relaxes the organ, allowing blood to rush into it.
Belgian urologists said the treatment showed a ‘clear benefit’, although further research is needed.
The jab seemed to work for only three months.
NHS doctors are currently not allowed to give botox to impotent men, despite studies showing it helps.
Instead, they are usually given blood pressure medications or statins because the difficulties are usually due to circulation problems.
‘ED can have a significant mental effect on men and can affect their perception of masculinity, particularly if it affects their fertility or intimacy with their sexual partner,’ he explained.
‘Although these conversations can be uncomfortable, it is important for men to see a healthcare professional if this is a persistent problem they are dealing with.’
When are over-the-counter drugs like Viagra enough?
‘Over-the-counter medicines are a quick fix for many men, which means they can avoid what they might consider ’embarrassing’ conversations with health professionals,’ explained Dr Alnajjar.
He continues: ‘Oral medications are commonly used, are generally safe and are a successful form of treatment for many men.
‘They increase a natural chemical (nitric oxide) in your penis that relaxes the muscles leading to increased blood flow and an erection in response to sexual stimulation.’
He also stressed that drugs will affect people differently depending on a number of factors, adding: ‘Medications do not work for everyone, and certain conditions can make them less effective, such as after pelvic surgery or in poorly controlled diabetics.’
The doctor said lifestyle changes should be the ‘first step in treating erectile dysfunction’, including long-term solutions such as smoking cessation, limiting alcohol intake, weight loss, regular aerobic exercise, drug withdrawal and a Mediterranean diet.
dr. Alnajjar also said it’s crucial for men with ED to be seen by a professional to avoid future problems.
‘It is crucial for men suffering from ED to seek medical advice so that they can be assessed and treated by a medical professional,’ he said.
‘This approach will help many men avoid future serious health problems such as heart attack or stroke.’