Does your man suffer from erectile dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is no laughing matter. Research shows that approximately one out of ten men experience ED or a loss of libido at least once in their lives. ED has numerous causes and according to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 5% of 40-year-old men and between 15% and 25% of 65-year-old men experience ED on a long-term basis ... and it is becoming increasingly more common in younger men.
And men experience the occasional failure to achieve an erection—which can occur for a variety of reasons—such as too much alcohol, too much stress, lack of sleep, self-consciousness, and weight gain. Failure to achieve an erection less than 20% of the time is not unusual and treatment is rarely needed. But, failure to achieve an erection more than 50% of the time generally indicates there is a problem that requires treatment.
There's 4 things that must be in working order to avoid ED—the nerves in the penis must be functional, there must be adequate blood supply to the penis, the penile veins must trap the blood, and stimulus must be received from the brain.
Some of the most common reasons for ED are: nerve dysfunction; atherosclerosis; venous dysfunction; chronic illness; medications; diabetes; hypertension; depression; anxiety; work stress; performance anxiety; and injury.
So, what can you do to help decrease your risk of developing ED? For starters, encourage yourself to do the following:
1. Eat better.
A healthy diet is key to not only preventing ED, but to maintain your body's overall health and performance. A diet that is rich in omega-3-fatty acids has been proven to be crucial in reducing systemic inflammation in the entire body. And a balanced nutrition plan with lean proteins, healthy carbs, plenty of fiber, fruits and vegetables is just what the doctor ordered.
2. Exercise daily.
Being overweight encourages increases in estrogen levels. But, if you maintain a healthy weight by lifting weights three days per week, it will lead to increased muscle mass. And that means increased testosterone and sexual performance.
3. Get your rest!
Research has demonstrated that eight hours of rest is essential to sexual performance, adequate testosterone, and growth hormone levels. So, get your sleep on!
4. Remember to brush AND floss.
Men with periodontis—gum disease—have higher rates of impotence, according to Dr. Dan Sindelar, author of Refresh Life. Not to mention, bad breath is a total turn-off ... yuck! So, plan on regular visits to the dentist every six months.
5. Reduce stress.
Chronic, unmanaged stress can and will affect all areas of your life. Unchecked stress can lead to weight gain, excessive drinking, overeating, and other unhealthy behaviors. But, regular exercise, healthy eating, plenty of rest, and other relaxing activities will get you on the right track.
6. Try to drink less.
Excessive drinking can suppress a man's testosterone level. And if it's been long enough, it can completely hijack the pathways necessary for testosterone formation. And, less testosterone means less hanky panky!
7. Have more sex.
Sex itself can be a great relaxer, as sex is associated with endorphin release into the bloodstream. And this creates further relaxation. The more relaxed you are, the more sex you'll have. Sounds like a win/win!