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Erectile Dysfunction: Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

There are now a number of studies that suggest a link between erectile dysfunction and obesity. By maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly, you may be able to prevent erectile dysfunction or improve the condition.

Recent studies have shown that overweight men with excess fat in the stomach and waist have lower male sex hormone levels than men who are not overweight. Men with excess body fat break down male hormones faster than do leaner men. This may be another reason why obese men suffer from ED at higher rates than lean men.

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Since you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with erectile dysfunction (ED), ask your doctor these questions at your next visit. Could an underlying illness be causing my erectile dysfunction or making it worse? Could any of my medications be causing my ED or making it worse? If so, can I safely change my medications or their doses? How might the use of tobacco or alcohol contribute to ED? Could stress or other psychological problems be contributing to my erection difficultie...

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Here are some tips to get you started. If obesity is a serious problem for you, talk to your doctor about a more rigorous treatment plan.

  • Eat a healthy diet. A diet that limits saturated fat intake and includes several portions of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can benefit men with ED.
  • Reduce cholesterol.High cholesterol can harden, narrow, or block the arteries (atherosclerosis) leading to the penis. Men can lower cholesterol through diet, exercise, and medication.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly. Regular exercise may reduce the risk of ED. Choose exercises that you enjoy. In addition to reducing the risk of ED, exercise also can help you manage stress. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

 

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Reviewed by Charles E. Jennings, MD on September 12, 2013

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