Hello, again, to our faithful followers as well as any new readers who are joining us today. Recently, we have been discussing a variety of conditions which have linked to gum disease and marijuana use. Just so you know, Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in the education of his readers as well as his patients, keeping them up-to-date regarding all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health. Today, as promised last week, we will continue a discussion on the very sensitive topic of ED, pointing out some ways to protect and possibly prevent the ED risks which increase with marijuana/cannabis use. You are invited to follow along as we continue to part 2 of a new article series on the effects of marijuana use, and gum disease as these pertain to erectile dysfunction (ED).
Guys, you have control
As we mentioned last week, our lifestyles can affect our bodies and any of the various systems of it. Marijuana/cannabis use is one of those lifestyles which can affect our bodies, whether you’re male or female, whether you imbibe regularly or only once in a while. We specifically refer to sexual function and how it can be affected by cannabis use, and this is especially so if you are male in the form of erectile dysfunction (ED). There are some things that you can do to prevent these problems or reverse them. I found ten ways that you can control, let’s begin to discuss them.
There are some types of medications which are known to affect penile erection function. Those medication types are:
- Blood pressure medications
- Narcotic types of pain management
- Allergy and cold medications, whether prescription or over the counter
The chemical mechanism that is said to be responsible is medications like Sudafed, for example, behaves like epinephrine, which is an adrenaline hormone; i.e., an adrenaline rush. Since an erection is an action which is opposite of an adrenaline rush, Sudafed kills any opportunity for erection. We recommend that you read those medication labels very carefully and try to avoid medications containing Sudafed. If you have other medications which you think may be conflicting with each other, consult your doctor for clarification, management, and possible substitutions.
Is your waist larger than 35 inches? If so, then you are twice as prone to have erection issues. The larger waist size refers to those visceral fat layers which are dangerous for all of us but, for males, it can decrease testosterone levels and increase inflammation. Both of these results can wreak havoc on erectile function.
Next time, we’ll talk about more of the ten ways to protect your penis. In the meantime, we want to emphasize how important it is for you and every member of your family to establish with a dental professional who can identify and treat any gum disease which may be present. Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in that role, he can detect and treat gum disease in any stage in any member of your family. Call him at (631) 661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.