If you face some evidences of erectile dysfunction like premature ejaculation or inability to have erection in general, the first organ that should be examined is your penis. Though, the reasons can be far beyond it. Anyway you will have to exclude a lot of factors influencing erection before you get back in a fighting shape. Mostly the ED is the result of problems with overall health including physical and psychological deviations. Let’s highlight the tests needed to be carried out just to begin with.
As far as the studies show that almost 50 % of men turning to a doctor with ED have diabetes and were not even aware of it. This reason is typical of men in middle-age of about 40s or 50s. That is why the first you should do is to go to a laboratory and check your blood sugar level. Or you’d better visit your doctor and he orders a fasting blood glucose test. This is a simple and relatively fast test. The dangerous level is 126 milligrams per deciliter meaning diabetes, if the result is higher than 100 but lower than 126 it indicates the prediabetes range with high risk of its development. To ensure that you have no diabetes even if you see the satisfactory results here you should get also an oral glucose tolerance test. Why is it so important to be sure? Because untreated diabetes damages blood vessels little by little causing not only ED but very serious non-reversible processes. This quiet killer can be so invisible showing no obvious symptoms that you can hardly think of it until you have difficulties with erection.
Liver and kidney tests.
Another blood test should be made to prove the proper liver and kidney function. In addition it is necessary to make analysis of urine to know protein and other indications important for kidney examination.
Obesity is very serious precondition for impotence. Even overweight can lead to this problem. So, it will be logical to check the level of cholesterol. There is a norm for total cholesterol level and it should be less than 200mg/dL and a norm for bad cholesterol level and it makes 100-129mg/dL. If you have high blood pressure there is a risk of high cholesterol. So you should find out your blood pressure because if it is high, it can be the reason for ED even without above health conditions. The average normal blood pressure is at or below 120 over 80. Though, this norm depends on age.
Nocturnal penile tumescence is a desirable test. It shows a man’s erectile function during his sleep. The norm is about six erections. If a man has fewer erections, there is a risk of nerve dysfunction or a bad circulation to the penis.
The test penile biothesiometry shows sensitivity to the electromagnetic vibrations applied and checks whether there are any nerve damages.
One of the most important examination concerns the hormone status. Thyroid function test should be made to find out how the level of sex hormones is regulated and whether there is a deficiency in them. Testosterone level is also should be measured, if it is low, there will be a need in further examination of levels of prolactin, follicle-stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone.
The set of blood tests known as a complete blood count (CBC) should be made among other things, as far as it determines the risk of anemia, which appears due to a low red blood cell count. This disease leads to fatigue and as a result to erectile dysfunction.
In order to make only the vital tests, a patient should turn to your doctor.