Erectile dysfunction can be physically daunting and mentally exhausting for a man. It can impact his confidence as well as his ability to perform sexually, which can have an impact on intimate relationships.
While there are treatment options for High Desert men who have erectile dysfunction, there also are efforts that men can take in order to prevent ED in the first place. At our Apple Valley office, we believe that these tips are most beneficial when it comes to preventing erectile dysfunction and maintaining a healthy sex life.
How Can I Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Enjoy a healthy, well-balanced diet. You need to have a heart-healthy diet in order to achieve and maintain erections on a regular basis. Think about it — if you are eating a diet that is high in fat, your arteries will become blocked. If blood is not pumping from your heart and throughout your body, you won’t be able to get blood to pump properly to your penis. Instead of a side of fries, choose fresh fruit, vegetables or a product with whole grains.
Manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Both high blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage a person’s blood vessels. When the blood vessels are damaged, blood does not move as freely throughout the body — and this includes a man’s penis. Work to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol in order to have a stronger erection.
Avoid alcohol, or only enjoy it in moderation. You do not have to give up your favorite micro brew completely, but you will want to watch how much and how often you drink. Mild to moderate alcohol consumption does not impact your ability to get an erection, but heavy alcohol consumption over a long period of time can prevent you from getting an erection.
Exercise on a regular basis. Regular exercise will keep your blood pumping and your arteries clear, and will help you feel well enough to enjoy sexual experiences. Men who have a sedentary lifestyle are far more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than those who walk, jog, bike or swim regularly.
Stay near your ideal body weight. A person who is overweight is more likely to suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, which can impact the nerves that allow a man to achieve an erection. By implementing a good diet and exercise routine, men will find that it is easy to maintain a healthy body weight and enjoyable sex life.
Not only will many of these tips help you achieve and maintain erections, but they also will improve your general health. Staying physically fit and healthy is the best way to live a long, healthy life — one that includes enjoying intimate experiences whenever you please.
However, if you do start to notice the signs and symptoms of erectile dysfunction, don’t hesitate to contact your urologist. A qualified urologist can help you manage your erectile dysfunction with lifestyle changes as well as medications that can increase your quality of life.