Erectile Dysfunction and Lifestyle Changes

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Lifestyle Changes

It’s common to think formal treatment is the only way to deal with erectile dysfunction. But the latest research shows that dealing with the causes of the problem by lifestyle changes produces a long-term cure. Let’s think about this logically.

The drugs on the market are very effective. Picking the one that works best for you will produce an immediate improvement. But if you’re not also treating the cause of the problem, the drugs will slowly stop working. Rather than get to that point, you should make lifestyle changes and take the drugs. As your condition improves, slowly stop the drugs. That way, your body will not build up tolerance. If you come back to using them later on, they will still be effective.

What changes should you make?

Quit smoking.

Yes this is the single, most difficult step to take, but it has direct and immediate benefits. Let’s get the technical explanation out of the way. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, i.e. it shrinks your arteries every time you have a cigarette.This gives you erectile dysfunction. If the artery leading into your penis is already filling up with plaque because you eat the wrong food, smoking will close it off even further, and make forming an erection even harder. All the drugs work as a vasodilator, i.e. they open up the arteries. But if you take one of these drugs while continuing to smoke, the one cancels the other out over time.

  • Remember, addiction to nicotine is hard to break and you can lapse easily.
  • Make a clean break.
  • Avoid people and places associated with smoking.
  • Ask your doctor about nicotine replacement therapy.

Change your diet.

The most common cause of erectile dysfunction is artherosclerosis. This is a build-up of plaque on the walls of your blood vessels. This happens when you eat a diet high in cholesterol and fats. This is bad for you because, as the deposits grow, it prevents the blood vessels from expanding and contracting. Since forming an erection depends on you being able to dilate the artery into your penis, artherosclerosis will prevent an erection. So change your diet to eat smaller portions, and to eat more healthy foods. In the short term it may be worth taking one of the statins to bring your blood chemistry under better control.

Exercise regularly.

All the research evidence shows this change on its own can improve your level of sexual performance. Exercise:

  • reduces blood pressure;
  • helps reduce body fat;
  • improves muscle tone and builds endurance;
  • strengthens bones;
  • helps reduce the level of stress and anxiety;
  • helps you sleep better;
  • makes you look good and improves your self-confidence.

To get the maximum benefit, daily exercise of between 20 and 30 minutes is best. To make this achievable, pick an activity you find fun. Otherwise motivation will be a real problem.

Reduce stress.

If we were still living in the jungle, stress keeps us alive through the flight or flight reflex. But in our modern lives, it can trigger many different problems. To help control your level of stress, talk with a health professional. This can also lead to discussion with a nutritionist and exercise therapist. Talking through all your problems is good for you.

Posted in Healthy Living.