Lots of things may be behind erectile dysfunction. Usually, the cause is physical. But for a small number of men, it’s psychological. And then there are those who find their condition is worsened by their concern over it. Most often, it’s a metabolic condition that is at fault. These include heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Although younger men can experience these, older and middle-aged men tend to be more affected by them. For younger men, the cause is usually an accident that resulted in a blow to the pelvic region, as a side effect of surgery, or a psychological trauma such as stress or anxiety. The best way to prevent ED is to live as healthy a lifestyle as possible. Losing weight is perhaps the single best thing you can do if you’re overweight. This will put less strain on the cardiovascular system. It’ll keep your testosterone level properly regulated as well. Do you smoke? This can damage small blood vessels, especially those which supply the penis. If you smoke, be sure and quit.
How much are you drinking these days? Alcohol is a sex drive killer. But what many men don’t know is that it can affect your erection as well. Health experts say two drinks a day should be a man’s limit. How’s your diet? Avoid eating a lot of high fat, high cholesterol, and high sugar foods. And make sure you’re eating whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Get exercise. Lower body cardio is the best for avoiding ED. Just 30 minutes per day on most days can really make a difference. Watch your mental health. We often talk about physical health. But being overly stressed, suffering depression, or high anxiety, for any significant period of time, can really make an impact on you. Talking about your feelings with a confidant can help quite a bit. If this isn’t enough, seek out a psychologist. Lastly, if you suffer from ED for any extended period of time, see a doctor or urologist about it.