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Could Your Gut Bacteria Be Making Your ED Worse?

Drawing of man showing good bacteria vs bad bacteria in his bowels.

The human gastrointestinal tract is home to literally trillions of bacteria, both good and bad.

The proper balance between good and bad bacteria in your gut can mean the difference between health and illness. While one might think that ridding the gastrointestinal tract of all bad bacteria would be a good place to begin, that would be a grave mistake as the body needs both good and bad bacteria to function normally.

Problems arise when the appropriate balance between good and bad bacteria is upset. Such an imbalance in gut bacteria can lead to common illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, that then sharply increase the risk of erectile dysfunction.

Watch Your Diet and Antibiotics

An animal study, published in the August 2017 issue of a Chinese academic journal, found that rat models of type 2 diabetes erectile dysfunction had a mix of gut bacteria that led to inflammation. By contrast, the gut bacteria in a control group of rats, all with normal erectile function, struck a healthier balance between good and bad bacteria.

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What lesson, if any, can be drawn from these observations? Among the factors that tend to lead to an imbalance in gut bacteria is a diet high in sugar and processed foods, as well as the absence of fermented foods in the modern diet. The overuse of antibiotics is yet another culprit.

If you suspect that you are suffering the consequences of an imbalance in your gut bacteria, a probiotic supplement should help to make things right. Seek your doctor’s guidance in selecting the supplement that’s right for you.

ED, whether it’s the temporary result of an imbalance in your gut bacteria or a more long-lasting health issue, responds well to Viagra and the other oral ED drugs known as PDE5 inhibitors. If you’d like to order these drugs from the comfort of your home, check out what longtime online facilitator AccessRx.com has to offer by visiting its Erectile Dysfunction page.

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