Effects of Hypothalamic Disorder on Erectile Dysfunction
The hypothalamus is the head of all hormonal functions including secretion and distribution. It controls the activities of the endocrine glands of the body. The hypothalamus is located beside the pituitary gland and they are both found at the base of the brain and is as important as a beating heart in the human anatomy.
The hypothalamus plays a huge role in testosterone level (hormones) and erection, problem with the hypothalamus means problem with the penis and its ability to function properly i.e. erectile dysfunction. Hypothalamic disorder is a disruption in the function of the hypothalamus.
What Does the Hypothalamus Do?
To know if there’s a dysfunction in the hypothalamus, we must first know how it functions normally. The functions of the hypothalamus include controlling;
- Body Temperature Regulation: The hypothalamus helps regulate the body temperature by producing sweat to cool the skin during hot seasons and causes the muscles to shiver during cold seasons to allow enough vibration to create warmth.
- Libido: The hypothalamus is responsible for testosterone produced by the testes and this keeps blood flow into the penis easier and faster.
- Sleep Pattern: The hypothalamus sends signals to the body that there is need for rest and causes us to yawn severally, blink frequently and each blink becomes slower than the last. This is necessary for recharging the body by putting everything to rest for some hours. Hypothalamus sends sleeping signals at any point in time especially at night.
- Blood Pressure: The hypothalamus also regulates blood pressure to ensure an even flow of blood oxygen and nutrients to where there are really needed.
- Thirst and Hunger: Your craving for water after a meal or when the weather is hot, stomach rumbling due to an empty stomach are all controlled by the hypothalamus to ensure proper nutrition, weight distribution and necessary energy to perform other activities.
- Hormone Distribution: The hypothalamus makes sure all hormones are properly distributed to where they best function and are needed. The hypothalamus distributes seven different hormones which are;
- Oxytocin: Responsible for our behaviors and reproductive system
- Growth Releasing Hormones: Responsible for physical growth especially during puberty
- Somatostatin: Responsible for secretion of growth hormones, it is also known as Growth Inhibiting Hormone
- Anti-Diuretic Hormones: Responsible for water regulation in the body including urea, blood pressure and volume
- Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone: Responsible for thyroid stimulating hormones that controls calories burning and heart beat rate.
- Corticotrophin Releasing Hormone: Responsible for our reaction to physical and emotional activities.
- Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone: Responsible for puberty, reproductive and sexual hormones release.
Basically, the hypothalamus is in charge of controlling the overall body system, keeping them at ease and sends signals to the brain to make sure normal activities of the body system. When you’re thirsty, hungry, need sleep, the hypothalamus receives these signals and pushes the body to satisfy these cravings.
Hypothalamus disorder can lead to reduced level of testosterone which plays a huge role in libido and penile erection.
Do I Have Hypothalamus Disorder?
We all know when there’s something wrong when we don’t do things the way we use to. Some of the symptoms of hypothalamus disorder are;
- Impotency: The hypothalamus is in charge of testosterone distribution and an impairment in the hypothalamus means a disruption in testosterone level and that automatically leads to the inability to procreate or have proper sexual intercourse.
- Sleeping Disorder: When there is a disorder in the hypothalamus, irregular sleeping habit kicks in. Sleeping for extremely longer hours or extremely short hours(insomnia). The hypothalamus has a difficult time regulating sleeping activities, making sleep in excess or little amount, no form of moderation.
- Growth Disorder: Hypothalamus being in charge of all hormones will find it impossible to release growth releasing hormones found in the anterior pituitary gland. The obstruction in the distribution of this hormone leads to stunted growth or abnormal growth.
- Extremely High or Low Blood Pressure: Blood flowing through the arteries flows at an extremely high rate or extremely low rate. The blood pressure of a hypothalamic disordered patient experiences two extremities of blood pressure which is completely harmful to the well-being of any human because it can lead to heart diseases and stroke.
- Eating Disorder: Being stuck with extreme loss of appetite and having a huge appetite becomes very frequent. This is coupled with excess weight gain or weight loss. These two abnormalities become very difficult to explain and that becomes another issue.
- Irregular Body Temperature: The body temperature could rise as high as a fever pitch or as low as a chilled drink. The normal body temperature falls in between 36.5 – 37.5°C anything higher or lower becomes a problem.
These symptoms shouldn’t be ignored; the hypothalamus is very important. The impairment in the hypothalamus disrupts moderation completely from the body system.
How Did I Get Hypothalamic Disorder?
The causes of hypothalamic disorder are more physical than psychological. Children have higher risks of suffering this disorder. The following are common causes of hypothalamic disorder;
- Head injuries – from automobile accidents, falling as a kid
- Exposure to radiation
- Zinc deficiency
- Eating disorders e.g. anorexia
The causes of hypothalamic disorder can be prevented and most times cured taking the right procedures.
How to Cure Hypothalamic Disorder
Hypothalamic disorder can be treated based on the initial cause of the disorder. Here are some ways to treat hypothalamic disorder;
- Hormone Replacement Therapy: Hypothalamic disorder reduces testosterone levels and talking to your doctor to replace and replenish these hormones to help increase sexual drive, build muscles and help kill erectile dysfunction becomes necessary e.g. taking Intramuscular testosterone injections, testosterone patches, topical testosterone gel and so on.
- Radiation or Surgery: These methods are used to get rid of tumors that causes total or partial blindness, seizures etc.
- Exercising: Exercising helps boost the immune system, heart beat and relieves stress. Exercises also helps in strengthening the hypothalamus and boosting its function e.g. jogging, squatting, stretching too.
- Eating Balanced Diet: Eating foods rich in protein and vitamins help the hypothalamus function more properly. Foods like; fish, vegetables and fruits.
- Quit the Intake of Processed Food: Most of these processed foods are barely natural. So, the intake of purely natural food is important not processed or colored, they can damage the whole healing process.
- Increase Chromium Intake: Chromium improves insulin activities and moderates sugar level to prevent diabetes. Some perfect sources of chromium include; green beans, mashed potatoes, grape juice and so on.
The hypothalamus is very necessary for homeostasis and everything that makes living less stressful and effective. The hypothalamus is like the mother or commander who takes charge of every unit to ensure proper coordination, function and efficiency by making each unit work together in harmony. Taking care of your hypothalamus shouldn’t be overlooked, it is as important as caring for the heart, kidney or lungs.
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