The Distinctions Between Vasoconstrictors and Vasodilators

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Erectile Dysfunction (ED), and your cardiovascular system. Learn what you can control.

This week we are discussing the phenomena that as men age, they begin to experience concerns about the constancy and quality of their erections. There are medicines that can help them get better erections, but they should not just be taken without a discussion with your physician around the issues of lifestyle and cardiac histories.  Doctors have determined that having erection difficulties can also be an early warning sign of cardiovascular problems.

Once you have determined whether or not there are cardiovascular concerns that need attention, the next thing to look at are your lifestyle choices. The question should be asked, “Are the choices you are making contributing to your ED concerns? “if so, how? What can you do about this?

If you take or ingest vasoconstrictors (items that constrict the blood flow through your body.  What are common vasoconstrictors? Caffeine drinks like Monster, Nicotine, Green tea, Diet pills (over the counter and prescriptions), asthma medicines and inhalers, ADD medicines, Cold medications, antihistamines. All these things cause vasoconstriction which may negatively impact your erections. Also, if you have high blood pressure and take medicines for that or if you have angiotensin or take adrenal supplements, if you take epinephrine or adrenaline or use cocaine, these too, will cause concerns for erection difficulties.

Things that you can take to help solve the problems of ED without taking the little blue pill are things like: Nitric oxide, magnesium supplements, L-arginine and Orinithine supplements, minoxidil, nitroglycerine, exe rise, deep breathing and yoga. Life -style choices have a lot to do with regulating your blood pressure, your blood flow, and your general health conditions.

If sex is important to you as you age, then you will want to be conscious of the things that can naturally help you be functional, or which can cause problems for your erections. Without adequate and functional erections, you will not be able to have the sexual relationships that satisfy you and work for the quality of your relationships.

Tune in for our discussion around these concepts and learn what you can do to avoid problems or to correct the conditions that you may encounter as you age.


This Health cast was written and presented by Dr. Kathy Maupin, M.D., Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Expert and Author, with Brett Newcomb, MA., LPC., Family Counselor, Presenter and Author.

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