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Erectile Dysfunction: Preventing It

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    For people who are at risk of developing erectile dysfunction, taking active steps to prevent its occurrence will also help you lead a healthier life overall. Some steps you can take to prevent ED include:

    • Stop smoking.
    • Exercise regularly.
    • Maintain a healthy weight.
    • Review your medications with your doctor and ask about possible substitutions for those that may cause ED (never stop or change a medication without first talking to your doctor).
    • Take prescribed medications as directed.
    • Avoid excessive use of alcohol (more than two drinks a day).
    • Avoid the use of illegal drugs.
    • If you have a chronic illness such as diabetes or kidney disease, follow your doctor's guidelines to keep these conditions in control.

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