Erectile Dysfunction: Preventing It

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.