Erectile Dysfunction: Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

Medically Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala, DO on January 30, 2020

If you want to improve your erectile dysfunction (ED) or take steps to prevent it, make some changes to the way you live. A healthy diet and regular exercise are key parts of the plan.

Research suggests there's a link between ED and obesity. Recent studies show that overweight men with extra fat in the stomach and waist have lower levels of male sex hormones.

Men with extra body fat break also break down male hormones faster than leaner guys. This may be another reason why obese men have higher rates of ED than lean men.

How to Stay Healthy

Follow some of these tips to get on the road to a healthy lifestyle. If you're obese, talk to your doctor about a more rigorous treatment plan.

Eat healthy food. Go for a diet that limits saturated fat and has several portions of fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

Reduce  cholesterol . High cholesterol levels can harden, narrow, and block the arteries leading to the penis. This is called atherosclerosis. You can lower your cholesterol levels through diet, exercise, and medication.

Maintain a  healthy weight . If you're overweight, talk to your doctor or a dietitian to get a plan to help you drop some pounds.

Exercise regularly. Choose activities that you enjoy. Besides lowering the chances that you'll get ED, physical activity can also help you manage stress. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

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