Erectile dysfunction becomes more and more common as men grow older. Some accept it as a perfectly normal part of aging, but it’s just flat-out wrong. Here are the best ways you can protect your erection.
- Eat healthy
There’s a good reason why every “top ten things to keep you healthy” list has a good diet in there. The very same eating habits that lead to heart attacks and overall bad health are also responsible for the ED development. What’s bad for your overall health is also bad for your penis, remember that.
- Don’t be overweight
This is closely related to #1. If you have some extra pounds on you, you can develop serious health issues, including type two diabetes.
- No high blood pressure, no high cholesterol
Yet again, these two are closely related to what you eat. See the pattern here? You need to make sure that your doctor checks your blood pressure and cholesterol levels regularly.
- Drink in moderation
Alcohol consumption leads to liver damage and nerve damage. This affects your brain chemistry and your brain chemistry affects the normal balance of hormones.
- Stay active and exercise
Living a sedentary lifestyle and having a desk job can lead to ED. It’s just common sense, really. You can never go wrong with working out and staying active. Your overall health will improve tenfold.
- Check your testosterone
Testosterone levels tend to drop in men over 40. The symptoms of low testosterone include: lowered libido, moodiness and indecisiveness.
- Quit smoking
On top of slowly but surely killing you, smoking also impairs your ability to perform in the bedroom.
- Curb your stress
Granted, if you start eating healthy, lose weight, check your testosterone/blood pressure/cholesterol, work out, and quit smoking – your stress level will drop significantly. On a more serious note, stress is not good for you. It damages your health, worsens the already-existing conditions, etc.
- Get enough sleep
Science says that you need at least 7 hours a night, otherwise you get stressed and exhausted more easily.