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Can Ketosis Cause Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

The thought of saying "I have an erection problem" may fill you with dread. We want you to know that this problem is way more common than you may think and at The Men's Center we offer a whole person approach to correcting erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (or ED) is when a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection. ED can become more common as you get older but it is not a natural part of aging. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 5% of 40 year old men and between 15% and 25% of 65 year old men may experience ED on a long term basis. For many men the answer is simple as taking a pill, changing a medication, getting more exercise or losing weight. In some instances, ED can be a sign of an underlying health issue such as a clogged blood vessel or nerve damage from diabetes. What causes ED? Blood flow such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or venous leakage (weak veins) Nerve diseases Psychological factors (stress, depression, and performance anxiety) Injury Chronic Illness Certain medications Peyronie's disease (scar tissue) While we understand that some men may have trouble speaking with their doctor about sex, please remember at The Men's Center we work with this condition all the time. It's nothing to hide or be ashamed of. The only problem we cannot fix is the one we do not know about. There are many different ways to treat ED and we encourage you to explore your options with your doctor to determine the best treatment for you. At The Men's Center we offer both alternative treatment as well as prescription medications. Your Options Prescription medications may include CIALIS, LEVITRA and VIAGRA. These medications work in a similar manner but have subtle differences in how long the drug works and how quickly it work Continue reading >>

Causes Of Ketosis

Causes Of Ketosis

What is ketosis and what are the main symptoms? Ketosis is a medical term related to the metabolism, which refers to the increased levels of ketone bodies in the blood. Ketones are used as energy by our body, and they are created when the stores of glycogen in the liver have been emptied, because then the body begins to burn fats instead of glucose, which means that it is the way in which body reacts to a crisis. This is why ketosis may be a very serious condition once the level of ketones in the blood is too high. When it comes to symptoms, they may last for a few days, or even a week sometimes, but the fact is that they will disappear once the body gets used to this new process, or once the process stops. The most common signs are tiredness, weakness, headache, constant feeling of thirst, metallic taste in the mouth and bad breath, nausea, dizziness and problems with sleeping. Causes of ketosis In the greatest majortity of the cases, ketosis is a result of inadequate diet, or more precisely, it is a result of low-carb diet. Very frequently, people who want to lose some weight experience the symptoms of ketosis, because if they introduce a low-carb diet, sooner or later their body will begin to burn fats in order to create energy. It rarely takes more than 48 hours for this process to begin, and the final result will be the loss of weight. This condition may be diagnosed through the urine test, but it is important to stress out that this is not a recommended way of losing excessive weight, because it can be dangerous for one's health. If the body burns fats for a longer period of time, it may lead to the increased toxicity, which may further result in the damage of organs such as liver and kidneys, because the ketones contain acetone or acetoacetate. Besides with a low Continue reading >>

How 68-year-old Kevin Cured His Ed. Now He Sports Full Erections Like He's 18 Again...

How 68-year-old Kevin Cured His Ed. Now He Sports Full Erections Like He's 18 Again...

- Like some 30 million Americans, 68-year old Kevin Johnson suffered from erectile dysfunction (ED). Today Kevin says his sex life is just as good as when he was 18. Shockingly a little blue pill has nothing to do with it. Kevin tried Viagra to fix his Erectile Disfunction with little success. Sometimes Viagra helped him get erections, but having to perform on its timeframe often took the impulsiveness out of having sex.. Other guys have similar complaints. In a recent US study, men over 40 who use Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra — for their Erectile Disfunction still report frustrations with their sex lives, including a lack of sexual spontaneity. Determined to find a fix, Kevin researched penile injection therapy. But that had the same limitations as Viagra: If he wanted to perform, he had to stick a needle in his penis 12 to 21 minutes before sex to boost blood flow. Ouch! Out of ideas, Kevin sought the help of his Urologist. The doctor asked him if he suffered any of the following symptoms: Failure to satisfy your partner during sex? Lack of stamina and libido? Poor sexual performance? Short lasting erections? Kevin hung his head in shame and quietly mumbled "Yes" after each question. “Cheer up Kevin; I've got good news and bad news. The good news is if you leave here and follow my instructions, your ED will be fixed forever. The bad news is that I won't get to see your cheery face around here anytime soon.” The Urologist explained how there was a new clinical trial he was reading about where 97% of men cured their Erectile Dysfunction. The test group could perform up to 2 hours by taking nothing more than natural organic herbs. Since BioGenic XR (the product used in the clinical study) was not yet in stores. Kevin's Urologist called BioGenic XR and arranged a fre Continue reading >>

Success In The Bedroom – Fitness Tips To Increase Sex Drive

Success In The Bedroom – Fitness Tips To Increase Sex Drive

Is there any worse nightmare for most men then being a failure in the bedroom? It is by no coincidence that we are bombarded with advertising for drugs aimed at treating erectile dysfunction during televised sporting events and our favorite evening prime time shows. Viagra®, Cialis®, and Levitra® are absolutely three of the hottest selling pharmaceuticals of all time! There is a good reason for this, as sexual health problems are not only real, but becoming an epidemic. It just so happens that a majority of men, at some time in their lives, will at least experience a mild form of erectile dysfunction. For some, that may mean a few isolated incidents, but for others, it can happen with alarming and depressing regularity. Oh and women, I haven’t forgotten you! Lack of desire, vaginal dryness, and trouble achieving orgasm are just a few examples of what plagues the modern woman in the bedroom. For some, it isn’t any kind of sexual ‘failure’ per say, but simply lousy lovemaking. Mundane to approaching boring is the complaint of more than a few couples. What can we do? While the drugs mentioned above have a high rate of success, at $10-$15 a dose, they are no bargain. Worse yet, most health insurance programs won’t cover their prescriptions. How do we recover (or rediscover) our sexual health? Believe it or not, success in the bedroom is almost 100% achievable without prescriptions. We need to both have sex and have it great! Let’s look at the three key areas to work on to dramatically improve our sexual experiences. First of all, sex is healthy and a health fitness topic. It is by no mistake that you are reading this on a website dedicated to getting in better shape. It is also important to note that to have great sex, it best to be in great health. The three Continue reading >>

Atkins Diet: Trouble Keeping It Up

Atkins Diet: Trouble Keeping It Up

“Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease” This Meta-analysis looked at 21 different studies, and came to the conclusion that “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD [heart disease].” Shared by Jeff Novick: One major problem with this study is they did not look at any studies where the saturated fat intake was less than 7%, which is the level recommended by the American Heart Association. Most of the diets had saturated fat intakes in the range of 10-15% (or more). So, just like the studies that criticize “low fat” diets, but never analyze any diet that is truly low fat and based on the principles of low fat, high fiber, whole plant foods, this study criticizes the impact of lowering saturated fat, but never looked at any diet that truly lowered saturated fat to the level recommended. Another problem with the study is what the subjects replaced the saturated fat with when comparing the 2. For many, if not most, it was with either (or products containing) hydrogenated/trans fat, while flour, white sugar and/or mono fats. People who replaced saturated fat in their diet with polyunsaturated fat (omega 3/6) reduce their risk of coronary heart disease by 19 percent, compared with control groups of people who do not. Lastly, studies on all-cause mortality trumps findings for subsets such as CHD and CVD. Most all-cause studies demonstrate a direct relation between saturated fat intake and all-cause mortality and the lower the better. Here is a list of studies showing just this. “the results of this study support earlier observations that dietary intakes low in SF or high in FV [fruits and vegetables] eac Continue reading >>

Erectile Dysfunction (impotence) – Impotence Explained

Erectile Dysfunction (impotence) – Impotence Explained

Erectile dysfunction often referred to as impotence, is a common disorder that frequently coexists with cardiovascular disease. It is defined as the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It is estimated that erectile dysfunction affects >30% of men between 40 and 70 years of age (1). Cardiovascular disease is a term that describes diseases of the heart and the body’s vascular system, particularly the arteries. Heart attack, coronary artery disease, and stroke are all examples of cardiovascular disease. The majority of cardiovascular disease is caused by risk factors that can be controlled, treated or modified, such as high blood pressure, disorders of blood lipids, overweight/obesity, tobacco use, lack of physical activity, and diabetes. In a U.S study, the overall prevalence of erectile dysfunction in men above age 20 was 18.4%. The prevalence correlated strongly with age but was particularly high among men with cardiovascular risk factors. Thus, erectile dysfunction was significantly more common among men who smoked, those who were obese, those who lacked regular physical exercise, had hypertension or diabetes. More than half of men with diabetes have impotence (2). Several arguments support a relationship between erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease (3). Firstly, these disorders share the same risk factors. Secondly, erectile dysfunction is commonly present among men with coronary artery disease, hypertension, vascular disease of the brain (cerebrovascular disease), peripheral arterial disease, and diabetes. Thirdly, several studies suggest that endothelial dysfunction is shared by erectile dysfunction and coronary artery disease. The endothelium is the innermost layer of the arteries and plays a significant role in Continue reading >>

I'll Take A Pass, Dr. Atkins

I'll Take A Pass, Dr. Atkins

The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) reported a case study showing serious risks related to the Atkins diet [1]. For those that don’t know, the Atkins diet is the ultimate low-carbohydrate diet. WebMD explains the diet as being controversial…to say the least [2]. However, during the 1990’s, it was the diet craze…even for yours truly. Sporting an excess 80lbs many years ago, I, too, gave the Atkins diet a shot. I vividly recall breakfasts consisting of bacon, eggs, cheese, and sausage. Um, hello cholesterol and saturated fat? It makes me ill even thinking about it today. Dr. Atkins, however, advocated for such: the ultimate low-carb diet, stating that it would improve health and memory function [2]. Let’s approach the science of the Atkins diet for just a second, because the diet does produce (temporary) weight loss. After a mere 2 ½ months, I was down 30-40 pounds. However, I’d bet just about anything that my lipid panel and blood pressure were up. Even at the ripe age of 14. The weight loss effects come from the lack of carbohydrates being consumed in the diet. The production of usable glucose: the source of energy for the body, particularly the brain, can cause serious strain on the body, especially organs such as the kidnies. Also, with carbohydrates unavailable, the body begins to breakdown it’s own fat stores, creating carbon fragments called ketones. This breakdown in the body puts oneself into a state of ketosis: the goal state for those following a low-carb diet seeking weight-loss. Ketogenic states tend to suppress the appetite which aid in producing weight loss. However, unpleasant side effects also pop-up when ketonic, such as unusual breath odor and constipation [2]. While fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are forbidd Continue reading >>

Can Too Much Fat Or Sugar In Your Diet Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Can Too Much Fat Or Sugar In Your Diet Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

There’s a lot of advice out there about the ways a man’s diet can limit him when it comes to having children. We asked urologist Edmund Sabanegh, MD, Chairman of Urology and Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Male Fertility, to help us separate fact from fiction. Here are his answers to several of the most common questions about links between diet and erectile dysfunction (ED) or male infertility. Q: Can my food choices cause ED? A: High-fat diets and higher cholesterol levels are correlated with ED, which is largely caused by clogs in the small blood vessels. So the same things that cause heart disease can lead to ED. In fact, ED can often be the first sign of heart disease. Q: Can drinking sugary sodas or eating a lot of sugar cause male infertility? A: Eating or drinking a lot of sugar can lead to obesity, which is a risk factor for diabetes. Poorly controlled diabetes can impact male fertility. Obesity can also cause changes to many hormones including testosterone, which can also lower fertility. Q: Can eating fatty foods contribute to infertility? A: Diets that are high in fat seem to be associated with infertility. There are several studies to suggest this. One study, in particular, compared young men who ate a Western diet to those who ate what the researchers called a “prudent” diet. The Western diet consisted of things like red meat and pizza. The prudent diet was fish, chicken, vegetables and whole grains. Those on the prudent diet had improved fertility and better sperm motility in general. Q: Do I need to avoid sugary or fatty foods completely if I want to conceive or if I’m concerned about ED? A: Fertility and erectile function are products of your overall health. One sugary soda or fatty meal here and there isn’t a problem. It’s an i Continue reading >>

Why Your Ketogenic Diet Isn’t Working Part One: Underfueling And Overtraining

Why Your Ketogenic Diet Isn’t Working Part One: Underfueling And Overtraining

“My training, racing, and health were all great… until I crashed.” For athletes, it’s not uncommon for the transition to a ketogenic diet from a standard high-carbohydrate diet to look something like this: Take all the carbs out of your diet, cold-turkey - feel awful… Build the metabolic machinery to burn fat more efficiently - feel great! Suddenly, out of nowhere - crash. Like a rollercoaster, you went from feeling terrible to feeling on top of the world, and then back to feeling terrible. The question is “why the crash??” You think: maybe I just need to do a few more fasted training sessions each week. Or, maybe I need to drop my carbs from 30 grams per day to 20 grams per day (broccoli just has too many carbs)... Nope. You might just need to train less and eat more. Still here? Good. This is part one of a series of articles examining potential reasons why a ketogenic diet may fail to produce the expected benefits. Regardless of whether things are just now starting to go downhill, or you never saw results in the first place, the most important step is recognizing that something isn’t right. Getting into nutritional ketosis is one thing, but just because you’re registering 2.0mmol/L on the blood ketone meter doesn’t mean the diet is working for you. Ultimately, performance and health are the goals, and they may or may not coincide with high blood ketones. There are many aspects of life as an endurance athlete that must be accounted for in the equation of optimal health and performance. The most important one that we regularly see is people struggling on a ketogenic diet because they’re underfueling and overtraining. So that’s where we’ll begin! Ultimately, performance and health are the goals, and they may or may not coincide with high blood k Continue reading >>

7 Foods That Cause Erectile Dysfunction

7 Foods That Cause Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a huge problem for men. Not only does it affect a person’s sex life, it also lowers his libido and self-esteem, and could potentially turn into a more serious health issue. ED is also often a major problem for marital relations. Many a divorce has started as a consequence of ED. If you are concerned about your marriage or sexual relations or health, ED should not be taken lightly. Many people around the world suffer from ED but are unaware that they can improve their sex life without the need for medication or special treatment. If you’re looking for ways to improve your sexual health, a good place to start is by cleaning up your diet. Dairy Dairy comprises around 12% of the daily caloric intake for the average American. Yet the idea most of us have of healthy, grass-feeding cows is a myth. Foods such as cheese are high in saturated fats. This causes arterial blockage, which in turn affects blood flow to the brain, the heart…and crucially in this case, to the penis. Also consider the fact that most cows are fed on grain, an unnatural source of food for cows. They are fed antibiotics to keep from getting sick, the residues of which are found in the dairy products we eat and drink. This too has a negative effect on your prostate, one of the underlying causes for erectile dysfunction. The best thing you can do for your overall health, as well as for treating ED and sexual desire, is to substitute dairy milk for healthier alternatives such as almond or coconut milk. When thinking about erections, you have to think about your heart. Good heart health will improve your performance in the bedroom. Meat-heavy diets, high in animal fats, are responsible for arterial damage which causes heart disease and ED. Try switching your red meat to grass- Continue reading >>

Understanding The Ups And Downs Of Erectile Dysfunction

Understanding The Ups And Downs Of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence is a growing problem for many men in today's world and has inevitably found its way into the punch line of many jokes as we've found ways to make light of what those little blue pills can do for you. But joking aside, this condition can cause of lot of anxiety and psychological stress for men as fear of failure and inadequacy with their sexual health takes hold. Not only does this cause problems for a man's sexual health and the ensuing intimate relationships with their respective partners but it also leads to a decline in their overall health as well. As it turns out, ED can be just as much of a predictor of developing chronic diseases as high cholesterol or smoking or family history can be. As a matter of fact, ED has been linked to coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, hyperlipidemia, peripheral arterial disease, diabetic retinopathy, and chronic kidney disease [1-5,8]. One shocking statistic is that two thirds of all men with clinically evident coronary artery disease also have ED [1]. What's more, the signs and symptoms of ED frequently show up in these men approximately 2-3 years before the consequences of coronary atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease, as you may know, increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study in 2005 looking at ED and the resulting incidence of cardiovascular events over a 5 year period that included 8,063 men [6]. What they found was eye opening indeed. Of the men who already had ED or developed it during the study there was a 45% increased risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event (angina, heart attack, stroke, etc.). These same sort of increased risks were seen in another stu Continue reading >>

How 68-year-old Kevin Cured His Ed. Now He Sports Full Erections Like He's 18 Again...

How 68-year-old Kevin Cured His Ed. Now He Sports Full Erections Like He's 18 Again...

- Like some 30 million Americans, 68-year old Kevin Johnson suffered from erectile dysfunction (ED). Today Kevin says his sex life is just as good as when he was 18. Shockingly a little blue pill has nothing to do with it. Kevin tried Viagra to fix his Erectile Disfunction with little success. Sometimes Viagra helped him get erections, but having to perform on its timeframe often took the impulsiveness out of having sex.. Other guys have similar complaints. In a recent US study, men over 40 who use Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra — for their Erectile Disfunction still report frustrations with their sex lives, including a lack of sexual spontaneity. Determined to find a fix, Kevin researched penile injection therapy. But that had the same limitations as Viagra: If he wanted to perform, he had to stick a needle in his penis 12 to 21 minutes before sex to boost blood flow. Ouch! Out of ideas, Kevin sought the help of his Urologist. The doctor asked him if he suffered any of the following symptoms: Failure to satisfy your partner during sex? Lack of stamina and libido? Poor sexual performance? Short lasting erections? Kevin hung his head in shame and quietly mumbled "Yes" after each question. “Cheer up Kevin; I've got good news and bad news. The good news is if you leave here and follow my instructions, your ED will be fixed forever. The bad news is that I won't get to see your cheery face around here anytime soon.” The Urologist explained how there was a new clinical trial he was reading about where 97% of men cured their Erectile Dysfunction. The test group could perform up to 2 hours by taking nothing more than natural organic herbs. Since BioGenic XR (the product used in the clinical study) was not yet in stores. Kevin's Urologist called BioGenic XR and arranged a fre Continue reading >>

Diabetes, The Ketogenic Diet & Stem Cell Therapy

Diabetes, The Ketogenic Diet & Stem Cell Therapy

More and more people are getting to know the benefits of the ketogenic diet. Why? A ketogenic diet (also known as a keto diet) focuses on the benefits of a low carbohydrate, high fat nutritional program. And while this healthy, new lifestyle trend certainly does wonders with weight management, the advantages go far beyond that. A ketogenic diet has been shown to help control seizures caused by epilepsy, especially in the case of children, and appears to aid in the reversal of kidney disease related to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Stem cell therapy for diabetes is one of the most sought after treatments at the National Stem Cell Institute. So it is no wonder that the physicians and nutritional counselors at NSI have found that the ketogenic diet is a natural partner to stem cell therapy in treating this disease. Studies are showing that a well-planned keto diet may also benefit people who suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Parkinson’s disease, among others. So, why is the ketogenic diet proving to be such a boon to health and a valuable addition to stem cell therapies? Let’s take a closer look at the basics: first for keto diet regimens and then for therapy using stem cells. Ketogenic Diet Basics Ketogenic is derived from the word “ketone.” Ketones are an energy source that the body can utilize. Ketone bodies are three water-soluble molecules that the liver produces. During a ketogenic diet, the ketone levels in the blood elevate. This is known as ketosis. The body’s cells can get energy from ketones, which are produced when fat levels in the blood are raised and blood sugar levels are lowered. Basically, the body turns fat into fuel instead of relying on carbohydrates. A ketogenic diet is designed to make this switch to fat burning happen. There Continue reading >>

How Your Diet Affects Your Sex Life

How Your Diet Affects Your Sex Life

Many men spend countless hours in the gym working on their physique, aiming to improve their health and stay fit; and, let’s face it, they also do it to improve their chances at a stellar sex life. Little do they know, many factors affecting their sex lives are tied to their diet. Simple things like skipping the drive-thru and drinking a little less at happy hour may drastically improve a man’s libido and radically boost sex drive. Did you know that food has the ability to reduce testosterone, diminish sex drive, reduce sensitivity, and alter sperm production? Good news: it can also do the exact opposite. Many fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and spices can regulate testosterone, increase libido, and significantly improve sex drive. Bottom line: what men eat affects their sex life. So, why not use food to your advantage? First things first: Maintaining a healthy waistline is crucial to a man’s sex drive and overall sexual health. According to The Cleveland Clinic, “One study found that men who have a waist size larger than 40″ are more likely to have erectile dysfunction than men whose waists are smaller.” Registered dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick says, “If you’re overweight, lose it so you’ll be more ready to use it.” Bottom line: overeating can lead to weight gain, which can lead to a dwindling sex drive. Most people are aware that a healthy lifestyle is the key to a good sex life. However, small, simple changes can also affect libido and testosterone levels. For example, cutting out fast food can have a drastic effect on sexual health. According to Medical Daily, “Indulging in greasy foods like burgers and fries is a no-no when it comes to healthy eating and sex. The trans-fat found in fried foods is known to dramatically decrease the male li Continue reading >>

I’m Starting A Hard Core Ketogenic Diet, And A Recipe

I’m Starting A Hard Core Ketogenic Diet, And A Recipe

I’m about to start a Full On, Ketogenic Diet, and I’m excited! I’ve been High Fat – Low Carb for quite a while, and by that I mean, zero grains, very little sugar, and literally adding fat in the form of butter, coconut oil, or lately, MCT oil, to most of my meals. It definitely works for me. I get to eat really large breakfasts and dinners, to the point of feeling content and very full, and my weight stays very stable. ( I usually keep my lunches modest so that a full stomach doesn’t slow me down in the afternoon.) I don’t count carbs, but because I only eat them in Real Whole Food form, ( check out my What I Eat Page), I’m definitely under the 100 – 150 grams a day that define ” low carb “. To get into Ketosis, I’m going to have to drop that to around 50 grams of carbs a day. Or at least that’s where I’ll start. Ugh. It means weighing or measuring, which in the old days made me “diet crazy”, but I’m pretty sure that I’ve conquered that ugly beast now and it won’t rear it’s head again. I’m not doing this to lose weight (although, like any woman, I’d be thrilled to lose a couple pounds), but I am interested to see the effect of dropping my carbs to below 50 grams a day. Will I have more energy or will I be fatigued initially? Will I think more clearly? Will my stomach get ripped? That’s so spoiled sounding, but I’m wondering the effect it’ll have on my body fat – which I will have tested by Monday, so that I can compare at the end of my experiment. Probably the biggest changes I’ll have to make is eliminating my morning banana in my smoothie, measuring and choosing either hemp, flax seed, or chia seed for my smoothie mornings. Measuring any nuts or seeds I eat. Eliminating the potatoes I eat 3 or 4 times a week; and I Continue reading >>

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