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 If you’re struggling to get that spark ignited in the bedroom, urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar suggests that your diet could be the culprit.  By simply implementing a few changes, you can kick up your sex drive.

Here are some foods to boost your libido:

Watermelon:  Researchers have found that we have more sex in August than any other month and this could be due to one of summer’s favorite foods – watermelon.  Nutrients found in watermelons can have an effect similar to Viagra as it boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes the blood vessels.

Black Raspberries:  As kids, we used to enjoy picking this fruit and enjoying them straight from the bush.   According to your urologist Des Moines, these berries can eliminate bedroom boredom by enhancing both the libido and sexual endurance.

Ginseng tea:  Regularly drinking too much coffee floods the body with hormones typically generated in stressful times, which are known to negatively impacting libido and sexual performance.  Ginseng tea contains a compound that increases sexual satisfaction and decreases the occurrence of erectile dysfunction.

Eggs:  However you enjoy them – poached, scrambled or fried – eggs are sure to give you energy after a long day at work.  Full of protein, they keep you going strong without adding unnecessary calories.  Your urologist Des Moines adds that the amino acids found in eggs also help combat erectile dysfunction.

Oysters:  Often thought of as the classic aphrodisiac, oysters contain compounds that have been shown to raise testosterone levels, thereby boosting sexual desire and stamina.   They’re also a great source of zinc, which aids blood flow to the genitals of both men and women.

Nuts and seeds:  Take your sex life up a notch by adding these to your diet!  Cashews, almonds and walnuts contain essential fatty acids that increase sexual responses in the brain…and in the bedroom.  They also help with energy, memory, mood and libido.

Avocados:  It’s not well known, but according to your urologist Des Moines, avocadoes do have some sex benefits, such as being very heart-healthy and keeping the blood flowing to all the right places.  Men with underlying heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, so adding them to your diet is a definite plus.

Strawberries:   An excellent source of vitamin B, this fruit has been linked to higher sperm counts.  Coat them in chocolate to boost your libido even higher.

Figs:   Bursting with calcium, iron, potassium and zinc, this small fruit offers some big benefits.  They also contain fiber, which improves heart health and satisfies hunger without adding inches to your waistline.

If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, call the office of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar today to schedule and appointment.

According to urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, a new report recognizes a group of Americans that is expected to grow by 30 percent over the next 10-year period – cancer survivors.

As of Jan. 1 of this year, there were over 14 million people alive in the United States who had been diagnosed with some type of cancer. By the year 2024, that figure is forecast to reach almost 19 million, according to a recent report by the American Cancer Society.

Fortunately, your urologist Des Moines explains that the increase in the number of cancer survivors is not a sign that cancer rates are rising; in fact, the rates have actually declined over the past 10-year period. But since the U.S. population is simultaneously aging and growing, the total number of cancer patients is certain to increase.

Today, over 60 percent of all cancer survivors have lived at least five years from the time when they were diagnosed, including the 15 percent of people who have lived at least 20 years. Many of these survivors have gone on to live long lives, with over 40 percent of them reaching the age of 70.

For men, the biggest group of cancer survivors this year is the 40+ percent who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Your urologist Des Moines reports that hey are followed by:

  • 9 percent who were diagnosed with colorectal cancer;
  • 8 percent who were diagnosed with melanoma;
  • 7 percent who were diagnosed with bladder cancer.

These four types of cancers will continue to make up the four largest groups of male cancer survivors in 2024, the report authors predict.

According to your urologist Des Moines, the growing number of cancer survivors in the U.S. makes it even more important that we understand the unique medical and psychosocial needs of cancer survivors, as they face numerous, important obstacles created by a fractured health care system, poor integration of survivorship care, and financial and other barriers to quality care, particularly among the medically underserved.

If you or someone you know wants more information regarding any type of cancer, contact the office of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar today!

According to urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, the absence of erection is one of the most commonly known side effects of diabetes on the function of the male reproductive organ.  However, it’s not the only one, so it’s important to know what else affects men’s sexual health.

For example, lack of orgasm is the absence of sensation at the time of ejaculation, which can be a side effect of diabetes.  In advanced stages, the disease can cause the arteries to harden and nerve terminals to wither, so the way a body feels sensations completely changes.

Male orgasm is associated with tightening that occurs internally from the prostate and through the channel through which the sperm is ejected.  This is what really provides the feeling of pleasure.  Both can occur simultaneously or separately.  Your urologist Des Moines also adds that a person with diabetes may have affected sensitivity, which can happen when the orgasmic sensation is altered.

However, a lack of ejaculation is rare compared to sexual disorders such as premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction, occurring in between one and four percent of men, and in some cases being an effect of diabetes.

According to your urologist Des Moines, it typically takes about 2 to 4 minutes for a man to ejaculate after actively moving after penetration.  However, for those who suffer from late ejaculation, it may take a greater effort and a prolonged period of time, extending to 30 to 45 minutes.

When ejaculation is not achieved, a portion or all of the semen goes into the bladder instead of being ejected through the penis.  In the bladder, the semen gets mixed with urine and is eliminated during urination.

In addition to other treatments for diabetes, your urologist Des Moines may prescribe medication to improve the muscle tone of the neck of the bladder.  The risk of suffering sexual problems as a side effect of diabetes can be decreased by keeping the glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels as close to normal as possible. Equally important is regular physical activity and maintaining proper weight.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and have questions regarding its effects on your sexual functioning, call the office of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

The overwhelming majority of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar’s clients pursue help to manage erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.  And the interesting thing is that most of these clients are younger men, mainly in their late twenties to late thirties.

All men (even young virile ones) have occasional erectile issues. Most men view this rationally, but have a hard time coping when it actually happens to them. It consumes their thoughts, the anxiety rises, and the condition begins occurring with greater and greater frequency.

So your urologist Des Moines would like to offer tips regarding how to be a supportive partner when your partner is dealing with erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation.

  • Remain polite and kind:  Think about how you would feel if you were the one having issues. Rolling your eyes or quickly jumping out of bed won’t do either of you any good.
  • Recognize the fear:  Remember that he’s not entirely in control of his body in that moment, and think about how scary that can be for anyone. He’s got all of this pressure and expectation on this one part of his anatomy, and suddenly it’s not doing what he wants it to do.
  • Appreciate that you’re both on the same team:  Let’s face it – you both want to satisfy each other. You’re both frustrated and uncertain about what to do when the problem arises, so keep in mind that you’re in this together!
  • Provide verbal reassurance. Say something to reassure your partner that it’s not a big deal.  You can also ask if there’s anything you can do to help, but try not to be demeaning with your tone.
  • Don’t take it personally.   While often this can be easier said than done, it’s genuinely not about you the majority of the time. The feelings of self-consciousness and insecurity may arise, but consciously decide not to act on them.

This advice from your urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar really just boils down to basic human compassion. If we can take a moment to get out of our own heads and recognize that the person in front of us is doubting his masculinity in that moment, we can be better partners.

 Your urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar warns that addiction to porn is contributing to an increase in the number of healthy, young men seeking medical treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED).

Porn-induced ED (PIED) is a comparatively new problem affecting a generation of men who have grown up with unlimited access to explicit pornographic material.  And having unrestricted access to the maximum stimulus that pornography provides can lead to a number of sexual dysfunctions, according to your urologist Des Moines.

Hundreds of men struggling with PIED have reported experiencing this problem in online addiction forums, some of which are receiving millions of hits per day.

A rising number of young men are turning to Viagra to rectify the problem, but the effort often proves useless because the real issue with PIED reigns in the brain. The problem is that the hormone released that enables that pleasurable state is part of the reward circuit in the brain and it can become desensitized to triggers.

Your urologist Des Moines explains that the compulsive need to find a better stimulus means that the brain’s pleasure center becomes numbed to sexual experiences that are considered to be normal, resulting in a lack of arousal and erectile issues with partners in real life.

Many men sharing their experiences online have spoken of similar issues, explaining that their addiction has resulted in feelings of isolation, depression and a lack of confidence.

As a result, men suffering from PIED and addiction are encouraging each other to quit the habit and begin rewiring their brain into being stimulated by natural sexual triggers.  Those in the back-to-basics stage have reported much higher sensitivity to more understated sexual triggers such as touch and smell.

Many others have told your urologist Des Moines that the ‘rebooting’ journey as life-changing, as it affects not only their sex lives, but their entire self-esteem.  Good sex should be about having fun, it’s about being able to express yourself and share yourself in a safe, loving, exciting or tender way; it’s not about imitating what you see on a computer screen.

According to urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, family history is a known risk factor for prostate cancer.  This information has been found to be vitally important for men who don’t undergo a genetic prostate cancer test. While having a father or brother with prostate cancer does not guarantee that a man will also get the disease, it does provide a valuable opportunity for caution.

Your urologist Des Moines creates prostate cancer screening plans tailored to each patient’s risk profile. It’s important for men to be aware of where they stand with regard to prostate cancer. If a man’s father or brother is diagnosed with prostate cancer, he should make an appointment with a prostate cancer specialist.

In a recent study, researchers found that prostate cancer had the highest association between family history and disease risk.

Your Family History Of Prostate Cancer

According to your urologist Des Moines, a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer more than doubles when a father or brother has the disease. Risk combinations are based on the number of family members who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is typically greater when it occurs in a brother than in a father.

Prostate cancer risk is also greater for African American men, obese men, and those who consume diets high in fat, dairy, and red meat.

The majority of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are over age 65, but men need to start thinking about prostate health much earlier.

If you fall into any of the risk categories, call the office of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar to schedule an appointment when you’re in your 30s to map out an appropriate screening plan.

Gentlemen, you may want to remove your mobile devices from your pocket!  Why?  According to urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, scientists may have discovered a link between cell phone usage and erectile dysfunction (ED).

Preliminary results published in the Central European Journal of Urology are indicating that men who suffer from the effects of chronic erectile dysfunction spend a lot more time in contact with their turned-on mobile devices than those who don’t experience problems in the bedroom.

But men…you don’t have to throw your cell phone away just yet. According to your urologist Des Moines, the study was relatively small, and much more research is needed before any conclusive conclusions can be reached.

However, the link between cell phone usage and ED is considered to be rather strange. Researchers observed 30 men, 20 of whom had suffered from erectile dysfunction for at least six months, and 10 who had no bedroom issues. They were given a questionnaire that asked how many hours per day they held their cell phone in a standby position and whether or not they typically use devices that send out t radio waves such as a Bluetooth or laptop.

It should be noted that the men in both groups had no significant differences in age, height, weight, or even their amount of total testosterone, but the men in the group who suffered from erectile dysfunction were reported to have spent significantly more time carrying around their switched-on phones.

According to urologist Des Moines, this problem could possibly be related to stress, since people with stressful jobs are more likely to spend more time with their phones.

In previous studies it was suggested that serum total testosterone levels might be diminished in men suffering from infertility and in those using cell phones on a consistent basis.

However, in the current study the same link could not be found, which may be due to the small number of patients and healthy controls included.  The results are preliminary and have numerous limitations, one being a significantly small number of patients and, therefore, larger studies are needed to confirm the initial findings.

But whether cell phone usage can result in infertility, impotence or any type of effect on a man’s virility, urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar suggests keeping your cell phone somewhere other than your pocket when in the “on” position.

Premature ejaculation comes with an unnecessary, stigma. And since men don’t want to talk about it, it’s no surprise that they don’t know much about it, either.  Today your urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar is debunking the most popular myths about premature ejaculation.

Myth #1: Premature ejaculation is nothing more than a psychological problem.

Premature ejaculation may be the direct result of performance anxiety. However, there are different diseases that also predispose a patient to this condition.  A difficulty in serotonin levels in the brain may add to its existence.  Now there is a drug approved to address premature ejaculation.  Dapoxetine, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, helps hold off orgasm for several minutes.

Myth #2: A man who reaches orgasm in less than 5 minutes is suffering from premature ejaculation.

The length of time preceding orgasm is not the most important measure for a diagnosis of premature ejaculation. Instead, it’s the perception of the intended outcome.  Premature ejaculation is more a measure of satisfaction than of time.

Myth #3: Premature ejaculation is a result of age.

Although diseases of old age may prompt a person to experience premature ejaculation, it’s not a condition necessarily related to advanced age.  Younger adults may also suffer from it, including men who are having sex for the first time, due to anxiety.

Myth #4: Premature ejaculation isn’t common.

About one out of every three men suffers from premature ejaculation.   There are more males who experience premature ejaculation than erectile dysfunction.

Myth #5: If you ignore it, it won’t worsen.

The anxiety that comes with premature ejaculation is due in part to the social stigma that accompanies it. Communication and acceptance play a major role in relieving performance anxiety. Not seeking medical help from your urologist Des Moines may also delay diagnosis of other illnesses and required therapy.

If you’re having problems in the bedroom, ask help from your urologist Des Moines.  It’s typically easy to diagnose as long as you seek help for it.

Urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar is offering some reasons that men shouldn’t ignore their inability to get – and keep – an erection.

1. Research indicates that erectile dysfunction (ED) is associated with a higher risk of heart disease and early death in men both with – and without – any history of cardiovascular disease.

2. The most common underlying health problem related to erectile dysfunction is diabetes.  Numbers indicate that between 35% – 50% of men with diabetes experience the effects of ED at some point in their lives.

3. Frequency rates for men between the ages of 18-39 years have previously been estimated at 5% – 9% compared to men aged 60 years+ at 44% – 70%.

4. According to your urologist Des Moines, recent research in Milan suggests that 1 out of every 4 newly diagnosed erectile dysfunction patients is now under the age of 40.

5. It has also been determined that about 50% of younger men were suffering from severe erectile dysfunction as compared to 40% of older men.

6. It’s also been found that younger patients with erectile dysfunction were more likely to smoke and use drugs and to also experience premature ejaculation.

7. A percentage of men with undependable erections try to avoid face-to-face contact with a urologist Des Moines by utilizing online pharmacies to obtain prescriptions for Viagra or Cialis. There are many risks associated with purchases of any online medication, one being that drugs such as Viagra should not be taken by anyone with a heart condition or high blood pressure.

8.  Also, research that examined Viagra purchased online from 22 unique websites indicated that 77% of the tablets tested were counterfeit.

9. Other research shows that recreational use of Viagra can lead to a psychological dependency if men lose their confidence in achieving and maintaining erections that are not a result of medication.

10.   Your urologist Des Moines has found that in some cases erectile dysfunction can be based on emotion instead of something physical. Occasional failure is more likely at the beginning of a relationship, especially if a man is experiencing anxiety. The issue often resolves itself as a man’s confidence grows, but some men get caught in a situation where their anxiety about staying erect becomes something of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction or have any questions about the condition, call the office of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar to schedule an appointment.

Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their hardworking kidneys, but according to urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, more than half of seniors over 75 are believed to have kidney disease, according to recent estimates by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

As we age, our kidney function tends to weaken, and most people with chronic kidney disease aren’t even aware that they have it. Because March is National Kidney Month, your urologist Des Moines is urging everyone over 60 to be tested for kidney disease.

The two leading causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure, which are both often closely linked to diet. Other kidney issues, such as kidney stones, are also aggravated by poor dietary habits and lack of sufficient hydration.  With proper nutrition, it’s possible to keep our kidneys healthy.

A healthy diet is one of the best ways to help prevent kidney disease. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet was developed by the National Institutes of Health. It embraces an emphasis on complex carbohydrates, more fruits and vegetables and low fat dairy.  It also supports a decreased intake of animal meats, fats, oils and sweets.

According to your urologist Des Moines, studies have shown that the DASH diet helps decrease blood pressure, lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, and reduces the risk of kidney stones.

Following are a few other tricky tips for optimizing your pantry, if kidney health is a priority:

  • Buy canned goods with “no salt added”
  • Buy fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned
  • Look for the word “whole grains” on the package
  • Cook with olive and canola oil
  • Flavor your food with spices and herbs instead of salt

Diet isn’t the only key to kidney health. Your urologist Des Moines recommends a number of other health tips to keep your body in its best working order for as long as possible:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Get plenty of physical exercise
  • Stay on top of chronic health conditions that could be risk factors for kidney disease
  • Stay well hydrated; water and cranberry juice is best.

Last not least, be sure your senior loved ones get an annual screening once they’re over the age of 60, especially if they’re in a higher risk category. The testing, includes urine testing for blood, protein, and infection. Medicare typically covers diagnostic laboratory services, especially those that are ordered by your urologist Des Moines.


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