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Zapping the penis with sound waves can tackle erectile dysfunction

Zapping the penis with sound waves can tackle erectile dysfunction, a study suggests.

Scientists tested the relatively new treatment alongside a standard pill on a group of men who struggled with impotence.

They discovered that six sessions of up to 2,400 pulses of acoustic energy to the penis gave significantly better results than just the pill.

It is believed to work by stimulating the growth of new nerve fibers and blood vessels, thereby restoring penis function.

The intense vibrations of the shaft during the 20-minute sessions are not painful, according to the researchers.

Shock waves fired through the penis can be used to treat erectile dysfunction

Shock waves fired through the penis can be used to treat erectile dysfunction

Paolo Verze, from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, said that low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LiESWT) is a “promising” therapy for erectile dysfunction (ED).

The 156 participants in the study all had type 2 diabetes, because ED is a common problem, often with more seriousness in people with diabetes.

It can arise from damage to nerves and blood vessels caused by poor long-term blood sugar levels.

In the study, patients took a daily pill of tadalafil, the brand Cialis, a standard treatment for ED for 12 weeks.

However, half of them also had LiESWT twice a week for three weeks at the start of the study.

The severity of erectile dysfunction of the participants was measured using the 5-Item International Index of Erectile Function test.

WHAT IS ERECTIAL DYSFUNCTION?

Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is when a man cannot get or maintain an erection.

It is more common among people over 40, but it affects men of all ages.

Erectile dysfunction affects half of men between 40 and 70 years old, according to the British Association of Urological Surgeons.

A psychological component, often called ‘fear of failure’, is common in men with impotence. However, a purely psychological problem is only seen in 10 percent.

It can be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, side effects of medication or hormonal problems.

Of the 90 percent of men who have an underlying physical cause, the most important abnormalities found are cardiovascular disease (40 percent), diabetes (33 percent) and hormone problems and medication (11 percent).

Failure to stay upright is usually due to fatigue, stress, anxiety or alcohol and is not a cause for concern.

Treatment usually involves lifestyle adjustment first, because obesity, smoking, too much cycling, too much drinking and stress can cause ED.

Medication with a phosphodiesterase inhibitor such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra) or avanafil (Spedra) is the second choice.

Scores of 25-22 indicate no erectile dysfunction, while five to seven indicate serious erectile dysfunction.

In the beginning the men of 57 years had an average erectile dysfunction of 15.5. Their score was measured four weeks, 12 weeks and 24 weeks after the study.

The scores improved considerably in both groups after four weeks, with 2.9 in the tadalafil group and 3.9 in the LiESWT group.

After 12 weeks the scores were improved by 3.3 in the tadalafil group and by 4.3 in the LiESWT group.

The differences were clearer by 24 weeks. Those who had the LiESWT had improved their erectile dysfunction by 3.8 compared to 1.8 who did not.

A second study investigated the number of shock waves that were most effective – 1500, 1800, or 2400 pulses per session.

Those who had the most intense shockwave therapy of 2,400 saw their erectile dysfunction improve the most by 4.7 points.

In general, the combined approach of tadalafil and LiESWT at ‘2,400 pulses gave’ significant benefit ‘compared to those who only had tadalafil, the researchers said.

The author’s shockwave therapy, written in the Asian Journal of Andrology, is believed to stimulate pathways that stimulate growth factors.

A growth factor is a natural substance in the body that helps with healing and cell growth.

This, Dr. Verze and colleagues said, can regenerate nerve fibers and blood vessels in the penis, thereby improving blood flow.

“Consequently, LiESWT has the potential to restore natural erections and cure the disease,” they claim.

The study was welcomed by Dr. Diana Gall of sexual health expert, of the online service Doctor 4 U.

She said The sun: ‘Drugs such as tadalafil have long been used to treat erectile dysfunction.

“But shockwave therapy is an emerging weapon in the sexual health arsenal, and this new study offers some encouraging results.

“Combined with erection medication, it can now offer real hope for people with erectile dysfunction, especially among one in ten men over 40 in the UK who also have diabetes.”

Erectile dysfunction affects half of men between 40 and 70 years old, according to the British Association of Urological Surgeons.

Of the 90 percent of men who have an underlying physical cause, rather than a mental battle, a third have diabetes.

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