Men: Are YOU asking for THIS prescription?

I practice complementary medicine.

That means I choose to mix the best of the alternative world with the best of the conventional world to help achieve the best possible outcome for each individual patient.

Sure, many people come to me because they don’t wish to be on any medications. And I can certainly respect that. (It’s a noble aspiration that I share.)

That said, there are two categories that unequivocally break that pattern…

The first is that some folks, mainly women, will try almost anything to lose weight.

But can you guess what MEN are always asking for?

“Soft” commitment, BIG reward

Let me start by saying this is not a judgment, but more of an observation.

In my 30 years of clinical practice, I’ve noticed that men will take anything to maintain an erection. So, today, let’s talk about erectile dysfunction (ED).

What if I told you that exercising for at least 30 minutes—three times a week—could be just as effective as that little blue pill?

Well, that’s what a recent analysis has found.

More specifically, researched linked aerobic exercise, like walking or cycling, to improved erectile function, regardless of other factors like weight, overall health, or medications. (Many common medications are known boner killers, like hypertension and anti-anxiety meds.)

Of course, exercise is one of the best ways to improve cardiovascular function. And since erectile function is so closely linked to heart health, this revelation makes sense to me.

And get this… even men with severe ED saw a benefit.

In fact, on a standardized scale of six to 30, men with severe ED saw a five-point improvement after exercising just 30 minutes, three times weekly.

Meanwhile, those with mild and moderate ED saw a two- the three-point improvement, respectively.

When you compare these results to pharmaceutical interventions, Viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis (tadalafil) can lead to four- to eight-point improvements. Plus, testosterone replacement therapy can lead to a two-point improvement.

In other words, a natural solution—exercise—delivers similar, impressive improvements… without the side effects (which can range from severe headaches to stomach upset).

Men: Why not give exercise a GO instead of asking for a prescription?

I might also add that exercise delivers a host of other health benefits, whereas drugs “help” one thing, at best.

An early warning sign

Now, before I go, I must reiterate one thing…

If you or a loved one is suffering from ED, it’s crucial to be checked for underlying heart disease, as an erection only occurs through healthy blood vessels.

If blood vessels are compromised in one part of the body, they’re often compromised elsewhere. So, for many men, ED may be an early warning sign of cardiovascular trouble.

For additional insight, check out the January 2017 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“Beyond the little blue pill: The real causes behind erectile dysfunction… and how to cure it at any age”).

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“Exercise Just as Good as Viagra for ED: Study.” WebMD, 10/23/2023. (