Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile Dysfunction

Today’s society is a sexual playing field. Celebrities on television and movies, models on the covers of magazines, and even politicians have become sexual legends in the map of American society. The issue of sex is publicly discussed, on media and otherwise, and as such, it has become, to a great degree, a measure of self-worth. Issues such as breast size, penis size, and sexual stamina have flooded the American public with the idea that one is defined by how sexually appealing s/he is. As a result, it has become of monumental importance to the American male to remain sexually vigorous and virile. It is clear to see (in media especially) that the ‘perfect male’ is about twenty five years old with a rippling
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This includes uncontrollable conditions such as diabetes and venuous leaking. In the case with diabetes, nerves and blood vessels get so damaged that achieving an erection becomes a difficulty. Diabetes is so closely linked to erectile dysfunction that in over 12% of men, it becomes the first symptom of diabetes. In addition to this, a staggering 50+% of men with diabetes suffer from some form of erectile dysfunction. (http://www.maturus.com/goPageOutput.php?gosection=health&entryID=1530) Controllable causes of erectile dysfunction are many. For instance, the state of California recently issued an ad campaign that consisted of billboards and commercials indicating the dangers smoking might have on a man’s sex life, memorably indicated by a suave man lighting a cigarette, then attempting unsuccessfully to keep it from limply falling down. (http://www.junkscience.com/news2/impotent.htm) While this humorously graphic caricature succeeded in obtaining the audience’s attention, it also held a great deal of truth to it as well. Smoking has been known to constrict blood vessels, making blood flow far less viscous to all parts of the body, including to the penis. And it is precisely because of blood flow that other causes of erectile dysfunction exist as well. Any form of arteriosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries) hinders the flow of blood to the penis, thereby making an erection that
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