It's frustrating, embarrassing and depressing, but a common problem as men age.

Studies show about half of American men over age 40 suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED), according to the American Urological Association. Erectile dysfunction occurs when there is a problem with blood flows. It not only takes a toll on a man’s self-esteem and relationships, but can also be an early warning sign of serious medical conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Common risk factors for ED include:

·         Smoking

·         Excessive alcohol consumption

·         High cholesterol

·         Cardiovascular disease

·         Diabetes

Diagnosing and treating the condition that causes ED can improve your overall well-being, as well as help restore your sexual health.
Dr. John Terrell with Sparks Urology Group will discuss both surgical and non-surgical options for men and their partners struggling with ED during a special Dine and Discuss seminar from 6-7 p.m., Thursday, May 29 in the Shuffield Education Center inside Sparks Regional Medical Center.

A free dinner will be provided to those who register. To register call (479) 709-DOCS or go online to the Community Events page at

Dr. Terrell is a member of the Sparks Health System medical staff and joined Sparks Urology Group in January. He works both in pediatrics and adult urology and is trained in minimally invasive robotic surgical procedures. Sparks Urology Group is located at 5500 Ellsworth Road. For more information or to make an appointment call (479) 709-7295.