Erectile dysfunction is a serious disorder that impacts a significant portion of the population over the age of 40 and many men who are younger. The disorder causes a man to be unable to obtain or sustain an erection. In addition to making it difficult or impossible for a man to have sexual relations, the stress caused by erectile dysfunction can trigger depression and anxiety. While erectile dysfunction can have a number of causes, there are a number of steps that men can take to reduce their chances of developing erectile dysfunction.
Drink More Water
A large percentage of the population fails to drink enough water on a daily basis. Though water can be obtained from other beverages and foods, many of the people who do not drink enough water are not properly hydrated. Among other problems, dehydration can cause erectile dysfunction by making blood thicker than normal and more difficult to move around the body. The simplest test of hydration is to for a person to examine their urine. The urine should be relatively odor free and clear or only have a slight color. Dark or strong smelling urine can be an indication of dehydration.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Men who are obese have a higher likelihood of developing erectile dysfunction problems than those are not. The reason for this is simple: pumping blood through a larger area is more difficult than pumping it through a smaller one. The difficulty of pumping blood through an obese body means an obese man’s heart has to work harder to provide blood throughout the body including the penis. While the Body Mass Index (BMI) may not be a perfect system for determining a person’s ideal weight, it may be the best option available. A man should consult a BMI chart to determine his ideal weight range and take steps to maintain his weight in that range or to keep it as close as possible.
Get Regular Exercise
A man needs aerobic exercise on a regular basis to strengthen and maintain his circulatory system. Walking, jogging, cycling and playing sports are all useful ways for a man to raise his heart rate and to get his blood flowing. In fact, exercising before sex can often help a man to achieve and maintain an erection. Regular exercise can also help a man to reduce stress. Reducing stress will help a man to lower his chances of developing mental health problems, such as depression, which can cause the development of erectile dysfunction or make the existing problem worse.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
The use of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs can all contribute to problems achieving and maintaining an erection. For this reason, all these substances should be avoided. Of the three, smoking tobacco may be the most harmful as it negatively impacts both the respiratory system (depriving the body of oxygen) and the circulatory system.
Erectile dysfunction is a serious health problem that should not be ignored. But the good news is that there are treatment options available to help men to overcome this health issue. Men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction should consult with their physician to determine the best treatment option available. In fact, it is imperative that men discuss erectile dysfunction with their doctors as the erection problems can be a symptom of a number of potentially life-threatening health problems, such as clogged arteries and heart disease.