wan2bthick wrote:Thought I would add a few comments about my own observation. I'm 63 y/o, 6ft tall and 160 lbs. I still jog about 2 miles a day 5 days a week and eat healthy.
I notice that I don't get real hard after pumping and have always been that way since I started 16 years ago.
This may seem like a dumb question, but have you ever gone to a doctor to discuss your erection issues?
Although in theory, you should have no significant signs of atherosclerosis, typically most ED issues are often a sign of heart disease. I know from talking to numerous lab techs who administered stress tests for me that it's not uncommon for them to have runners and other "healthy lifestyle" people to end up with heart disease. I'm not trying to scare you or say that you do have a form of atherosclerosis, but there's certainly no guarantee of health by doin' the right things.
About 10 years ago I developed Peyronie's disease which could also be affecting my erections and have always wondered if pumping also caused that.
I seriously doubt Peyronie's disease has anything to do with pumping. Although if you were pumping using great pressures for long periods of time, I guess there may be a chance that internal bleeding or trauma may have occurred. The causes for this disease are not well known, apparently.
I'm not sure if this is impotence caused by pumping or not and would welcome hearing from others that have a similar situation as mine.
ED is complex and pumping in theory would be beneficial since it allows blood to enter the penis and keep the tissue healthy with some blood supply (similar to what nocturnal penile tumescence does).
There are many supplements you can try to improve the quality of your erections. I won't list them all here, but some of the better ones to try first would be L-arginine, L-citrulline, and pycnogenol taken together.
You never mentioned if you know what your blood pressure readings are. Is your libido at a healthy level? If not, hormone testing is something I'd look into as well. Trying a supplement like ginseng for several weeks is also worth a shot. You have to find a good brand (personally, I stay away from brands you find at Wal-mart or drugs stores who often carry Jaimeson and other well-known brands).
Here in Canada, we have a weekly consumer program that investigates medical claims or how foods are processed, etc. This week, they'll be talking about supplements, and after the show airs, I can provide a link here so you can see what they found. Many supplements are poorly made, and don't contain even half of the active ingredient they say they have on the bottle. I've noticed a lot of differences between brands. I've been using supplements for quite a while and have figured out basically what works for me and what is just a waste of money.
Eating healthy is all good and fine, but I don't believe all people can get by with just that. Your idea of "healthy foods" might be quite different from mine. There's a lot of foods that can be healthy but in order to get the right level of nutrients from them, you'd be ingesting too much fat or carbs. A forum like this wouldn't allow me to cover all the bases that might benefit your health or erections.
Erection quality (or firmness) is actually like the proverbial "canary in a coal mine" for men. Too many doctors do not want to recognize that fact. They'd rather just push pills like V i a g r a and be done with it. Many are not equipped to delve any deeper than "try this pill and see if it works for you", rather than do a proper set of tests for hormones, check to see if you get erections throughout the night while you're sleeping, investigate any psychological connections to ED, or have a means to determine nerve damage, etc.
The same basically goes for heart disease. After all these years, cardiac doctors have very little in their toolbox. What researchers have come up with for preventative testing has been blocked by the American Heart Association. If you have access to NetFlix, you'd be well advised to watch the documentary "The Widowmaker" for details on that issue.