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Has the canary in your pants gone quiet?

Not being able to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sex is extremely distressing, it can affect self-esteem and your relationship.

Some men get around the problem, for a while, by working excessively long hours or staying up late watching repeats on TV. Others seek a quick fix in the form of medications like Cialis, Levitra or Viagra.

But what is the interrupted sex life telling you? It could be a warning of other health problems.

The most common cause of erection problems is the progressive narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis) to the penis. This is caused by a combination of high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, physical inactivity and being overweight. 

The arteries to the penis are amongst the smallest in the body, therefore, the process of atherosclerosis in the penis can occur 3-5 years before blockages of the arteries to the heart are detected; resulting in a possibly fatal heart attack - next to follow are the arteries to the brain and lower limbs.

Treating atherosclerosis involves making changes. Patients need to look at diet, exercise, weight loss, medications, and if they are still smoking, quitting.

Treating erectile problems with medications is the easy part.  Your disappointing sex life is the canary in your pants. If the bird has gone quiet talk to your doctor and avoid possible heartache.

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