Early signs of Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile Dysfunction is become an increasing concern for men of all ages. Also known as impotence, erectile dysfunction (ED) is characterized by the inability to maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. Not only does ED lead to failed sexual activity, it can also lead to psychological problems of low self-esteem and self-worth. Erectile dysfunction can have a severely negative impact on a man as well as his partner, both physically and psychologically.

Knowing the causes of this widespread condition will help you prevent it. Knowing the symptoms of ED is important as well as through early detection you can put a stop to problems before they further develop. Symptoms of impotence usually occur in a number of stages.

Stage 1 – Transient Occurrences

Most males will experience symptoms of erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives. Transient occurrences are normal and should not be cause for concern. However, such an occurrence should not be taken lightly as the frequency of the symptoms increases if steps to prevent it are not taken.

Even though the cause of ED is not always biological, you should take preventive steps to avoid this completely. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than the cure. What is your current lifestyle? Do you smoke and drink a lot? Do you get enough sleep every night? Are you working a high stress job? All of these things can add up and cause impotence if they’re not addressed in time. A destructive lifestyle has a higher probability of impotence.

What if you “couldn’t get it to work” this one particular time? Is it cause for concern or is it normal? The good news is that most of the times, this is a normal incident and happens to almost all males. You should keep an eye out on your lifestyle in order to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

Stage 2 – Frequent Occurrences

The broad definition of erectile dysfunction is the inability of achieving or maintaining an erection. Even though you might be psychologically aroused, physically there is little or no arousal. It’s important to establish this connection because lack of emotional arousal does not mean impotence.

Erectile dysfunction can be frustrating for men, as it can dampen your confidence and make you weary of performing the next time you have sexual contact. This condition is not only debilitating for the sufferer but it can also be a source of frustration for the sexual partner. There are many reasons why men experience erectile dysfunction. If you care about your sexual health and prowess, you should analyze every factor of your life, both physiological and psychological, to determine what the cause could be.

As they say, knowing is half the battle and when it comes to impotence, it’s best to detect and treat it early rather than ignore it only to have it later control your life and your self-image.

Testosterone Therapy Drugs Are Overused, FDA Sends Out Warning

Andro-1200-multi1The over-prescribing of “Low T” drugs for men is taking a massive hit. The FDA is warning doctors against this practice, stating that the heavily marketing testosterone-boosting treatments have not been evaluated as safe or effective for age-related issues. Drugmakers, such as AbbVie and Actavis, are not taking this news lightly

Just two days ago, the FDA rang the warning bell and is now requiring all testosterone manufacturers, like AndroGel and AndroDerm, to prominently display on their labels only the approved uses of the FDA-approved medication. The approved use is for true low testosterone medical conditions like hypogonadism, not just the regular issues with aging such as low libido and fatigue.

The FDA has finally also decided to make the manufacturers add an important warning about heart attack and stroke risks in patients using this type of therapy. The FDA has now concluded that using low testosterone medications elevates a risk for cardiovascular health issues, based on numerous study findings and expert input. Some studies found an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and even death linked to testosterone therapy treatment. This isn’t a surprise after the report of over 620 lawsuits filed by men who have suffered heart attack and strokes while using “Low T” drugs.

The FDA recognizes that these drugs have been mass-marketed to men as an anti-aging drug to be placed in the category of a “lifestyle” drug. Many men on these drugs have never been tested or diagnosed with any medical condition related to low testosterone.

It doesn’t stop there. The FDA is further requiring manufacturers to add a warning message on the labels concerning the risks of blood clots in the veins, also known as venous thromboembolism (VTE) which includes both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).

The FDA advises that health care professionals only prescribe testosterone to men with actual medical conditions associated with low testosterone that has been confirmed by lab testing. Any adverse reactions or side effects need to be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

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Class Action Lawsuits: Your Questions Answered

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Most class action attorneys provide no-cost case evaluations.

What is a class action lawsuit?

A class action lawsuit is one in which there are a large number of plaintiffs bringing similar claims. These lawsuits are also called representative actions or collective lawsuits. Typically, there are only a handful of named plaintiffs, but those plaintiffs are representative of a larger group. Individuals who sign onto class action suits typically relinquish their rights to independently sue the same entity.





What are the types of class action lawsuits?

  1. Consumer Class actions:

Consumer class actions are generally brought when consumers complain about being injured by a company’s systematic and illegal practices. Examples of such consumer complaints include illegal charges on bills, illegal penalties for late-payments, and failure to comply with consumer protection laws. While consumers often write a complaint letter to such companies, complaint letters often go unanswered, in which case you’ll want to contact a class action consumer lawyer regarding your consumer complaint.

  1. Securities Class actions:

Securities class actions are typically brought on behalf of a group of investors who have been injured as a result of a company’s improper conduct, such as misstating earnings, concealing or misrepresenting risks, or otherwise engaging in activity detrimental to the company.

  1. Product liability/Personal Injury Class actions:

Product liability and personal injury class action lawsuits are generally brought when a defective product, such as a drug with harmful side effects, or “mass accident”, such as a toxic spill, harms many people.

  1. Employment Class actions:

Employment class action lawsuits are typically brought on behalf of employees of a large company for claims ranging from systematic workplace discrimination to unpaid overtime pay.

If you or a loved one has suffered, you deserve compensation.

What are the benefits of class action lawsuits?

If you have been wronged by an entity with substantial resources, it can be difficult to fight for your rights. Large companies can afford to hire teams of attorneys and drag a case on for years. Few individuals can withstand the financial cost of such a process. This is not the case with a class action lawsuit, however. Given the large number of plaintiffs and the potential for substantial damage awards, a law firm can work on a class action case on contingency, costing the plaintiffs nothing during the proceedings.

What are damages in class action lawsuits?

There are two types of damages available in class action lawsuits. They are:

Compensatory damages – meant to compensate plaintiffs for direct damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering and wrongful death

Punitive damages – meant to punish the defendant for intentional or gross wrongdoing

If you have a potential class action lawsuit, there are experienced attorneys that can help you begin the process. Class action attorneys are skilled at evaluating and handling a wide variety of class action suits. Contact one today to have a free case evaluation.



Low Testosterone Drugs – Do They Really Work?

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There are a number of reasons why men experience low testosterone levels. In some men, this can be the result of a genetic condition called hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is a medical condition characterized by insufficient production of testosterone in the body. Testosterone plays a vital part in masculine growth and development of the male during puberty. This hormone is directly linked to the ability to produce sperm. Another cause for low testosterone levels might be a condition such as an enlarged prostate. Men who suffer from enlarged prostate have a shortage of testosterone because their bodies are converting testosterone into a secondary hormone, known as dihydrotestosterone or DHT for short.

DHT occurs when an enzyme converts the testosterone into DHT. Common symptoms of this conversion is a loss of libido and low energy levels. A blood test performed by a medical expert will confirm this. Testosterone prescriptions and sales for low testosterone drugs have skyrocketed since 2008. In 2013 alone, the testosterone drug industry is estimated to be worth around $2 billion.

Lowered testosterone levels can also be a symptom of old age and is a natural occurrence in men over 40. However if you suffer from abnormally low testosterone levels, your doctor might prescribe you a low testosterone treatment such as Androgel.

Testosterone drug side effects

Unfortunately, low T drugs come with a number of unpleasant side effects, one of them being an enlarged prostate. Testosterone drugs have come under heavy scrutiny lately, with numerous men hiring a low testosterone lawyer to file a lawsuit for the injuries caused from taking the drug. A number of recent studies has shown that taking testosterone drugs can increase the risk of heart attacks two and even three fold for certain demographics.

Another problem of low testosterone drugs is that while having a large amount of circulating testosterone in your blood, this can lead to a slowed production of “real” testosterone in the gonads. The quick fix of taking a drug that is aimed at boosting testosterone levels is actually making it worse in the long term. Visit a fertility clinic and ask them what they think about testosterone drugs. I can guarantee you that you will get an unanimous “no!” when it comes to this type of medication. On the other hand, fertility clinics work with HCG, also known as human chorionic gonadotropic hormone. A HCG injection administered by a medical expert will actually kickstart production of testosterone in the testes. To date, this is seen as a safer alternative to taking a testosterone prescription drug.

Natural remedies

A natural remedy to solving low testosterone levels is changing your diet. Research has shown that a diet rich in red meat leads to an increase in testosterone levels. Another thing to be aware of is that soybeans are high in estrogens, which decrease testosterone levels. That’s why you should avoid soy and products from soybeans. Substitute soy milk with almond milk or cow’s milk. Each wholegrain breads instead of bread that is made with soy flour. Even sardines which are packed in olive oil are preferable to those packed in soybean oil. Diet is one of the most important aspects of our lives so it is no surprise that what we eat affects us on such a deep level.


Low testosterone drugs are accessible now more than ever, but is their usage justified? Although we know the general mechanism of action in inhibiting DHT production, we still do not know what consequence this has on men’s health in the long term. Heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular incidents have shown us that these drugs aren’t as safe as their manufacturers claim to be.

These drugs should only be used in cases where the patient cannot produce testosterone as a result of genetic condition (hypogonadism) not because someone is getting old and cannot accept the facts of nature. If you want to increase your testosterone levels, there are safer and better ways to do so.

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Should You See A Doctor for Hair Loss?

Man controls hair lossHair loss occurs approximately in 75% of men and the risk for hair loss only increases with age. Alopecia areata is a more serious form of the condition and it manifests itself in small patches of total hair loss. These bald spots can be the size of a small coin and can remain undetected until your hairdresser finds out about them.

Alopecia areata is different from androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) in that the cause is thought to be due to a deficiency of the auto-immune system. What happens is that the cells in the healthy hair follicles are attacked by the body, which causes for the hair root to weaken and fall out. There are different types of alopecia, varying from cause to the severity of the condition. For example alopecia universalis is defined as total loss of hair across the entire body and alopecia totalis is related to total hair loss on the scalp.

Men suffering from this condition can attest to how distressing the experience is. One day you’ve got a head full of strong, healthy hair and the next thing you know, you’re struggling to style your hair in order to hide that bald spot on your head. However, while there is no universal solution to hair loss, a number of drugs and remedies can help slow hair loss and in some cases even reverse it.

Perhaps you are unaffected by the fact that your hair is thinning and falling out. Some people have come to terms with their age and simply shave their head and choose to “own it”. However, what if you can’t part with your hair? Can you still have the same hair as you did in your youth?

If you experience a sudden and rapid loss of hair, you should seek a doctor’s advice immediately. Hair loss could be the symptom of another, deeper, underlying medical problem. Your doctor may refer you to a qualified dermatologist or a hair clinic – at which point you might have access to the expertise of a qualified trichologist. A trichologist is a certified scalp and hair medical expert. One consultation will involve analyzing hair strands with a specialized microscope.

Normal hormone levels and strong, protein-rich hair strands are the usual mark of health hair so it stands to reason that the trichologist will look to analyze your hair for certain hormones such as cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, and a protein compound of which hair and skin is composed called Keratin.

If you experience slow and gradual hair loss, a visit to your family doctor will not hurt either. The medic will run a series of tests to rule out any medical problem. Keep in mind that gradual hair loss is part of the aging process so you shouldn’t get too upset about it. Even so, if you feel uncomfortable with the appearance of your hair, there are remedies that you can try in order to combat this condition.

If hair loss is an issue for you, medical experts working at a clinic will give you advice and suggest treatment for the condition. Even if you have a reasonably full head of strong hair does not mean that you should not seek advice. It has been reported that many people were able to prevent and reverse their hair loss by taking early steps to remedy the problem. The sooner you seek help – the better your chances are for preserving the head on your scalp.

You should choose a health clinic that can help you with your hair loss issue. Specialized hair clinics exist that offer services and treatments for both men and women and they have skills and methods that you would not find at a regular clinic. By choosing to solve your hair loss problem you can not only restore your hair, but your confidence too.