Weight Watching and Erectile Dysfunction

Can those love handles be a cause in your temporary erectile dysfunction? Are you eating the right foods and doing the correct exercises to prevent ED? Men who exercise 3-5 hours a week have 30% less risk of having erectile dysfunction according to The Harvard Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS). This is good news men so if you aren’t watching your weight or doing form of exercise now is the time to get yourself up and moving. The study of over 31,000 men who did not have prostate cancer, aged 53-90, is significant. Thirty-three percent of the men reported having erectile dysfunction in the previous three months. The study showed that regular exercise can mean 10 more years free of erectile dysfunction for the average man. Prior studies found exercise to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, treatment for which can also result in erectile dysfunction.

While exercise is important to keep fit, let start with the basics first…your diet. Is there an ideal diet for men concerned about preventing, improving or even reversing erectile dysfunction. Does such a diet exist? The answer is a categorical YES! Many studies show that a vegetarian regimen, accompanied by moderate exercise, can be the cure so many men are desperately seeking. According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases: Erectile dysfunction, sometimes called ‘impotence,’ is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. There are many causes of erectile dysfunction and impotence. The physical causes include damage to nerves, arteries, muscles, and erectile dysfunction near me  tissues responsible for an erection. However, 70% of ED is caused by diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, chronic alcoholism, atherosclerosis, vascular disease, and neurologic disease.

Erectile dysfunction occurs when blood flow into the penis is blocked or severely limited. This results in a failure to achieve an erection. The cause of this circulatory slowdown, or lack of blood flow, is atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries. Hardening of the arteries may occur when cholesterol originating from the foods we eat, “sticks” to the interior walls of the blood vessels, and creates a hard layer of plaque, thus obstructing normal healthy circulation. A lifestyle rich in a diet of meat and dairy foods, will very likely result in high cholesterol levels, thus causing blockage, and ultimately for men, erectile dysfunction.

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