As men progress with age, erectile dysfunction becomes very common. However, it should be noted that it is not a regular part of the natural aging process. According to experts, here is what you need to do to avoid erectile dysfunction.
Maintain a body weight that is healthy and manageable
A man who has a waist size 42 is more likely to experience difficulties in having and maintaining an erection than a size 32 male. Obesity can cause numerous health complications which may include type 2 diabetes which can lead to damage of the central nervous system. The interruption of the nerve signals that cause blood flow to the veins in the penis can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Take alcohol in moderation and if possible avoid taking at all.
Researchers have found out that there is no evidence that small to moderate consumption of alcohol can lead to erectile dysfunction. However, excessive drinking can cause damage to the liver, nervous system and other health conditions. Excessive consumption f alcohol can also lead to a hormonal imbalance in the levels of male sex hormones which will inevitably lead to erectile dysfunction.
Regular exercise will be beneficial
A sedentary lifestyle has been strongly linked to erectile dysfunction. Swimming, jogging, running and other aerobic activities have been proven to protect against the condition and even improve sexual function for the males who already have erectile dysfunction.
However, you should be careful to avoid any form of exercise that exerts lots of pressure in the area between the anus and the scrotum and the anus otherwise known as the perineum. Using excessive pressure in the perineum can affect the nerves and constrict the blood vessels supplying blood to the penis. Also, avoid long rides on your bicycle as it could contribute to erectile dysfunction. Bikers can utilize some special bike seats known as “no-nose” which guard against sexual dysfunction and genital numbness.
Avoid high cholesterol and hypertension
High levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood can be detrimental to your blood vessels. High blood pressure may also lead to the constriction of veins in your body including the ones in your penis. This will consequently lead to erectile dysfunction. Ensure that your physician checks your blood pressure and cholesterol levels whenever you have a medical checkup. You can also take advantage of the free blood pressure screening services offered by some fire stations in your county. If your blood cholesterol level or pressure is above average, seek medical attention.
Keep your testosterone levels on tabs
At age 50 and above, testosterone levels will begin falling exponentially even in healthy men. A recent study concluded that testosterone levels in a man lower by about 1.3% annually after age 40. A deficiency in testosterone levels is mainly characterized by having trouble making small decisions, lack of stamina, mood swings, and reduced sex drive. If you experience any of these symptoms, then you should see your doctor immediately.
Avoid relying on Kegel exercise
Kegel exercise does not seem to be helpful in dealing with erectile dysfunction. This activity involves the repeated contraction and relaxation of the pelvic muscles. Although this type of exercise has been proven to help people ailing from incontinence, there is no proof that it helps with erectile dysfunction.