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We Are Under Stress

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What Happens to Our Bodies When We Are Under Stress?

Studies also show that men and women handle stress differently. This may in part be due to biological reasons. Also, men often don’t have the strong social support networks that women have to turn to during times of stress. These social supports may help explain why women, in general, seem to be better able to cope with stress than men.

Modern life can be stressful and Irish men seem to have become increasingly susceptible to stress and other mental health problems. Large numbers of Irish men suffer from stress, but often in silence. Irish men are slow to seek help with mental health issues, including stress. This may be for many reasons, including ignorance, fear, embarrassment or the perception that admitting to being stressed in some way implies inadequacy or weakness. It goes back to the attitude that ‘real’ men don’t go to the doctor and that big boys don’t cry. Unfortunately this type of attitude does nothing to help Irish men or their loved ones. Check this product at http://www.hqcanadianpharmacy.com tretinoin no prescription.

Is Stress Harmful?

The precise mechanisms that govern the interactions between stress and ill-health remain poorly understood. However, it is felt that chronic stress can affect the quality of the immune system, causing the body’s own natural defences against illness to be lowered. One possible explanation for this is that prolonged job stress may affect the nervous system. Another possible reason for this is the fact that chronic stress may affect the body’s hormonal balance and result in a weakened immune system.

Chronic stress is a risk factor for heart disease. Research has found a link between chronic stress and the development of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the presence of three or more of the following five factors: high blood pressure, central obesity (excessive abdominal fat), raised blood fat (triglycerides), low HDL cholesterol and raised blood sugar.

Chronic stress is also associated with many other medical conditions, including:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Migraine
  • Psoriasis
  • Tension headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Some cancers
  • Depression
  • Hair loss
  • Diabetes
  • Ulcers
  • Burnout
  • Heart disease and stroke

Stress and Heart Disease

Chronic stress – or rather distress – is thought to be a risk factor for heart disease in later life. Anger and hostility can be powerful emotions with the potential to trigger a heart attack.

The link between stress and heart disease is complex and not fully understood. If you feel stressed, your body will produce more stress hormones. Although they are useful in small quantities, too much of these hormones, continuously and over time, can damage your arteries and may lead to high blood pressure. Also, when life becomes pressurised, people are more likely to smoke more cigarettes, drink more caffeine, drink too much alcohol and be less physically active. All of these things can contribute to heart problems.

Smoking

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Nicotine is the primary psychotropic substance in tobacco and its relevance for erections is that it disrupts a wide range of neurotransmitters, some of which are required for an erection. We will examine the chain reaction required for an erection to happen in Step 5, but for now, we can borrow from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the USA that ED is approximately 85 percent higher in male smokers compared to non-smokers and increases the risk of ED more than 50 per cent in men in the 30-40 year age group.

Apart from the disruption to necessary neurotransmitters each puff also introduces millions of free radicals into a smoker’s body. These free radicals interfere with the desired effect of Nitric Oxide. So, you can forget all the cinematic marketing association of smoking with sex. It is a major source of ED Viagra Online Australia and unfortunately, its severe addiction properties is a major hindrance to the enjoyment of sex.

The most serious long term damage of smoking is artery disease. It is called Atherosclerosis and we have reviewed it in the Heart section above. It is worth repeating that it means a narrowing or blockage of the arteries and inhibits blood flow. It is so toxic for blood vessel health that even second hand smoking has been found to affect ED. Apart from ED, nicotine and other cigarette ingredients also cause reduced volume of ejaculation, low sperm count, and sperm problems. Need I say more?

Is it a lost cause? Whilst Atherosclerosis is not reversible, the good news is that on giving up smoking, risk of developing smoking related diseases like cardiovascular problems diminishes dramatically within a few years. But developed problems may be irreversible. Here is a summary of smoking effects on erections:

* Acute, Low Dose use: Possible decreased erection increasing with Age and Diabetes.

* Acute, High Dose use: Erection problems.

* Chronic use: Dose-driven ED problems.

* In Withdrawal mode: ED problems may be irreversible with long term use; possible return to normal function.

* Post Withdrawal phase: ED problems may be irreversible with long term use; possible return to normal function.

We can safely conclude that if you are a long term smoker and do suffer from ED then it is a contributory source of your ED and you need to look at giving up smoking as an initial step. Hard, I know, but we are talking about getting the most out of life’s most beautiful experiences here.

If you are hooked and just cannot give up, research has shown that high doses of vitamin С and E and other antioxidants can help restore some production of Nitric Oxide in smokers. We are talking about high doses here – lOOOmg of Vitamin С and 800iu of vitamin E and a high dosage of anything as a supplement usually has side effects and cannot be a good thing. Also Researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland discovered that Taurine, an amino acid found in fish, helps heal nicotine damaged arteries. My recommended Nutrition advice in Step 6 incorporates normal inputs of these.

Even if there aren’t other sources and you do stop smoking, the Therapy exercises are still needed to get your mind (Step 8), body (Step 9), and favourable expression of your sexual needs (Step 10) to treat the resultant ED condition that has developed. Step 6: Lifestyle and Nutrition is a must for all smokers.

Enlargement of the Prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

What Causes the Prostate to Enlarge?

There may be genetic factors involved. There may also be dietary factors involved, such as eating a lot of saturated fat and eating only small quantities of fresh fruit. Obesity is associated with more severe BPH symptoms. Regular exercise is thought to protect against BPH, as can moderate amounts of alcohol. The same healthy lifestyle choices for optimal health discussed earlier also seem to apply to this condition.

How Common Is BPH?

Benign enlargement of the prostate is very common and is almost a normal part of ageing. Its incidence rises dramatically as you age.

As you can see above, after a certain age it would be unusual not to have symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

Symptoms and Signs of BPH

You may have BPH and no symptoms whatsoever. However, as the prostate enlarges, it eventually begins to squeeze the urethral tube going through its centre. The common symptoms of BPH can include some or all of the following:

  • The need to urinate more frequently
  • Nocturia – the inability to sleep through the night without having to get up to urinate. Getting up at night several times to pass urine would not be unusual.
  • Urgency – the sudden, intense and sometimes uncontrollable urge to urinate quickly.
  • Difficulty in starting urination, also known as hesitancy
  • Weak stream – the flow of urine may be slow or weak and urination may be characterised by a repeated start-stop pattern that requires additional straining.
  • Terminal dribbling
  • Leaking or dribbling of urine. In more severe cases, a patient may develop ‘urge incontinence’, or the inability to get to the bathroom before losing control of their bladder.
  • In severe cases, urine retention can occur, resulting in a complete inability to urinate (this is, however, rare).

These symptoms are known together as ‘prostatism’. They can vary widely from one individual to another and men cialis pills Australia with similar degrees of prostate enlargement may be affected quite differently. This is an important point as ultimately any treatment decision for BPH should be judged on whether the symptoms are affecting your quality of life sufficiently to justify active treatment.

Diagnosis of BPH in its earlier stages can lower the risk of developing complications. The American Urological Association has devised a useful scoring system for BPH. This can help assess the severity of BPH and the need for treatment. It can be a useful monitoring tool to see if your BPH is getting worse over time. Check out the questionnaire on the next page and see how you fare.

Medical complications from BPH are uncommon. Occasionally it can progress to cause retention of urine but this tends to happen slowly over time. Other recognised complications can include kidney damage, bladder damage, urinary tract infections and bladder stones.

Note that I said “we” because the basis of this Step by Step Therapy is to empower you to treat your ED condition with my guided help. Available treatments are:

1. My Step by Step Therapy including Lifestyle & Nutrition.
2. Visiting a Doctor or sex therapist.
3. Specialist medical help for” plumbing issues”.
4. Pharmaceutical interventions like Viagra, Cialis, Levitra et al.
5. Other Props:
a. Invasive Devices and Mechanical Interventions
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The treatment will depend on the source(s) of ED you will identify in Step 3. You will see that some of the Sources of ED come from medical conditions (what I like to call plumbing issues) that need an invasive procedure or specialist help. They have to be fixed separately and I will summarise what specialist help to seek in Step 4.

Assuming there are no plumbing issues that need fixing, there is no substitute to My Step by Step Therapy (i.e. Behavioural Therapy and Psychotherapy) and my advice on Lifestyle & Nutrition. This is the basis of my Steps 5-11 that follow. For some of the sources, Pharmaceuticals may also be relevant and at the end of this Step I provide all the information you need on Approved Pharmaceuticals so that you can make an informed decision should you require to access them.

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I strongly believe that through guided self help you will achieve your goal quicker than visiting a Doctor or good sex therapist which involves substantial cost and time to achieve the same result. Finally, absorbing my Therapy will give you the powerful knowledge for lifelong management of your ED condition. Not to mention the development of your sexual persona or prowess. Let’s repeat how my Step by Step Therapy works in a bit more detail:

– In the next Step 3, you will identify the Source(s) of your ED condition. You will also identify what I call any plumbing issues that need to be fixed and they have to be addressed with the relevant specialist first.

– Step 4 includes my algorithm to advise the primary and secondary targeted Therapy Steps. The primary Therapy is based on the identified source(s) of your ED condition from Step 3. The secondary recommended Steps will get you to absorb the remaining Steps because completing all the Steps will empower you for lifelong management of your ED condition and develop your sexual prowess. And, as you probably guessed, knowledge is power.

– As knowledge is power, you will find out all about erections and how they happen in Step 5.

– Steps 6-11 will provide all the Therapy you need and will develop your sexual persona and prowess whilst you are having fun treating your ED condition. What I mean by sexual persona and prowess is that there is a lot more to sex than just the Therapy resources that help to get your Dick erect. The Therapy treatment set out in Steps 6-11 is as follows:

Step 6: Lifestyle & Nutrition. This is relevant for everyone.
Step 7 will prepare you for the following exercises/workouts.
Step 8 will get you to bring The Correct Mindset to sex encounters.
Step 9 will get you Get to Know your Body.
Step 10 will get you to discover the Situation Condition Factors that uniquely work for you and express your sexual needs.

And if and when you have a Partner, Step 11 will get you together.

Sounds daunting? Well, we are talking about regaining control over one of life’s most beautiful experiences here and there is absolutely no reason why with a bit of application you shouldn’t continue to enjoy sex.

Getting back to what else is available, there have been great strides in the development of pharmaceuticals and, if they are right for you, I will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed choice. One recent development showing some promise but needing a lot more research is low-intensity shock wave therapy (LI-ESWT). This therapy uses sound waves normally used for breaking up kidney stones. These low intensity sound waves have been shown to improve blood flow to the heart and increase blood vessel growth. Because of this, researchers believed that the waves may help to increase the blood flow to the penis in patients with ED. It is early days and more work is needed to show how it improves blood flow and in what types of ED it might work for.

Finally, Other Props such as Invasive Devices and Mechanical Interventions are props best relegated to extreme situations and Alternative Treatments do not stand the test of proof that they work. As we have to cover all the bases let’s now review them. I am confident they will confirm my therapy as invaluable. If you want to Fast Track you can skip to the Map Fix: Other Props Conclusion later on in this Step.

Knowing of the advanced illness or mortality of a parent has a dramatic effect on the developing child. One study examined adolescent adjustment before and after an HIV-related parental death. Sexual risk behaviours increased after death and were sustained over the subsequent year and beyond. While the authors attribute this to adolescent developmental intimacy, it also may reflect the teens’ need to ‘connect’ in the face of such a loss and combat ongoing feelings of isolation and depression.

In cases where the parent is alive, there is often an enormous sense of guilt regarding transmission to the child and a strong need to protect the child from further harm:

I don’t want to talk with her about [sex] because I don’t want to give her any ideas. I don’t want her making the same mistakes I did. (Parent of child at Mount Sinai Hospital)

The worry is both about children having sex and, as a result, putting others at risk. However, not talking about it does not prevent the child or young person from having sex. Additionally, many parents of HIV-positive children do not want to talk about sex or HIV with other people in case the dialogue forces other disclosures about the parent’s past. It:

…opens a huge can of worms – I’m not ready to go there yet. I don’t want her knowing what I did. (Parent of child at Mount Sinai Hospital)

An HIV-positive teenager who was pregnant excitedly told her mother. Her mother said that, if she kept the child, she would kick her out of the house. The teen was forced to have an abortion. This is a situation in which the mother is also HIV-positive. The mother could not bear the thought of her own daughter having to live with the same guilt that she did. This places the child at emotional risk. How can she believe that her mother cares for her [as an HIV-positive teenager] when she demanded she abort a child because the child might be HIV-positive?

HIV-positive children and the experience of pregnancy

Pregnancy and the choices that people make in life about pregnancy can be complicated. In the case of children and young people who are HIV-positive, the choices about having a child may be conscious or unconscious, spoken or unspoken. There is research that suggests that those who lack emotional support and stability look to early sex and motherhood to pro-vide closeness. It has also been suggested that those with limited life options and choices are more likely to become pregnant.

In one situation there was a teenager who was quite aware that she was gravely ill. She wanted to do everything in a short time frame. For her, getting pregnant was a way of strengthening the connection to her boyfriend. She had a child about a year and a half before she died. The baby was not infected.

Erectile dysfunction in young men is a statement that seems far-fetched according to many people. It is believed that erectile dysfunction is a condition that normally affects old people i.e. people over the age of 40. This fact might have been true in earlier times, but not today. Nowadays, many young men suffer from ED all around the world. This statistic is even made worse by the fact that most of them do not seek medical advice for their condition. They prefer not to disclose this condition and live with it. Before we can continue with the causes and possible cures for erectile dysfunction in young men, let us look at this condition. ED is a sexual disorder that is common among men and is characterized by a person lacking the ability to achieve and sustain an erection during sexual intercourse. Young men are becoming susceptible to the condition because of their lifestyles.

Various reasons can cause ED in young men. Doctors often have a difficult time diagnosing the exact cause of erectile dysfunction in young men. However, research has shortlisted some potential causes of this disorder in young men around the world.

Some of those causes include:

Psychological issues: These issues play a large part in causing dysfunction according to many researchers. Some of these issues may include anxiety before sexual activity, especially if you are doing it for the first time, sexual issues which occurred at an early age and other mental issues. If the young man’s mind is not in a sexual state, sexual intercourse becomes very difficult because sex is a state of mind.

Health ailments: Health conditions that are poor can cause erectile dysfunction in young men. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and many more affect the man’s sexual function. Surgical procedures can also affect a young man’s ability to get an erection.

Lifestyles that are unhealthy: The lifestyles that most young men lead are very unhealthy and this makes them prone to sexual disorders like ED. Bad habits like binge drinking, smoking, hard drugs and stimulants are very common in college situations. College and high school students will often indulge in such behaviors so that they can fit in with their peers. What they do not know is that these habits have a direct impact on their health and especially their sexual health. Alcohol, cigarettes, stimulants and hard drugs affect the nervous system thus blocking brain signals responsible for sexual stimulation and arousal.

If you are a young man suffering from the erectile dysfunction, you can use certain treatments, which can help you deal with the condition.

They include:

Medical treatments: Oral pills are the most popular forms of medical treatments. It is no different with erectile dysfunction in young men. Most of these pills are PDE5 inhibitors like Viagra Australia, Levitra, Sildenafil and many more. Injections, pellets, prosthetic implants and surgery complete the list of ED medical treatments.

Natural treatments: This is by far the best form of ED treatment that you can indulge in. This is because the cures are not harmful to your health and do not have serious side effects unlike the medical treatments. Herbs, spices and aphrodisiacs fall into this category and have the power to cure erectile dysfunction. Other natural home remedies include eating plenty of green veggies, fresh and dry fruits. This will certainly go a long way in easing the symptoms of ED.

Psychological treatments: Seeking the services of a therapist might also cure the problem completely. Counseling will help determine the exact cause of the psychological problems causing ED. Erectile dysfunction in young men can be and is very serious condition, and none of the above treatments should be attempted before consulting a doctor.