Erectile Dysfunction (ED), is no laughing matter. Research shows that approximately one out of ten men experiences 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.
More commonly, 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. Failure to achieve an erection more than 50% of the time, however, generally indicates there is a problem requiring treatment. Do I Have To Settle For Subpar Sex?
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In order for your man's flag to fly high in the wind, four things that must be in working order:
- The nerves in the penis must be functional;
- There must be adequate blood supply to the penis;
- The penile veins must trap the blood;
- 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 your significant other decrease the risk of developing ED? For starters, encourage your man to do the following:
1. Eat better. A healthy diet is key to not only preventing ED, but to maintain your bodies 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. A balanced nutrition plan with lean proteins, healthy carbs, plenty of fiber, fruits and vegetables is just what the doctor ordered. 10 Tips To Avoid Emotional Eating
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2. Exercise daily. Being overweight encourages increases in estrogen levels. Maintaining a healthy weight by lifting weights three days per week will lead to increased muscle mass, which means increased testosterone and sexual performance.
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