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Erectile Dysfunction - Can Your Lifestyle Be Damaging Your Sex Life.

Erectile Dysfunction - Can your lifestyle be damaging your sex life.

Erectile Dysfunction affects almost 1 in 3 men aged 40 to 60 and almost 80% of men over the age of 70. Erecetile Dysfunction occurs when a man is unable to maintain an adequate erection during sex or is unable to acheive penetration.

This is a difficult topic to discuss, however it is common for many men to live with the problem and expect it to be a normal part of getting older. It is also much more common in men with health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and those who are over weight.

When we acheive an erection the vessels that supply blood to the penis become relaxed and are filled with blood. This results in an erecetion. There are a number of reasons why this can fail and it is in about 80% of cases due to a problem with the vessels that supply blood to the penis.

The build up of cholesterol and other damage that occurs as a result of our lifestyle is a common cause of erectile dysfunction. The treatment for the disorder is mostly with Viagra (sildenafil) which helps to relax the blood vessels. It is effective in about 65% of men suffering with erectile dysfunction. Other treatment include injecting a small pellet into the penis or an injection into the penis. Vacuum devices have also been used to help acheive an erection.

Because the reason for erectile dysfunction is related to poor circulation and blood flow, it makes sense that changing to a healthy lifestyle that helps to improve circulation can help.

The key to improving erectile dysfunction with lifestyle is about improving circulation. Studies looking at diet and exercise demonstrate between 30 to 40% of men with ED will see a significant improvement.

So what should you be doing to improve your performance?

1. Weight loss

Reducing your weight by 10% can have a substantial improvement in blood vessel function and increase circulation in the penis.

2. Reduce trans and saturated fats.

The trans and saturated fats found in many animal and processed foods contribute to the build up of cholesterol deposits in the vessels which supply blood to the penis.

3. Include mono and poly unsaturated fats

The type of fat found in many fish and plant based foods is helpful in removing these fatty cholesterol deposits and increase circulation to the penis.

4. Include Nuts and Seeds

Many nuts are an excellent source of mono and poly fats, however they also contain arginine. This is an amino acid which helps to increase the amount of Nitric Oxide (NO). NO dilates blood vessels and will improve blood flow to the penis.

If you have a partner or know someone with ED, encouraging lifestyle advice can help to deal with the problem. Like most people, having a diet coach can mean the difference between great results and poor progress. Why not make an appointment with a dietitian today.

12 Mar 2012

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