We all want to live long and healthy lives and most of us, I believe, sincerely try to lead a healthy lifestyle. We are often reminded by the media of things we should do in order to live longer, such as eating healthier, exercising more, and so on. However, we are much less often reminded of how to prolong our sexual lives. That’s why today I’d like to talk about things men can do to protect their erectile function.
It starts with smoking. We all know how bad smoking is for our health – over 440,000 people die from smoking each year in the United States alone! However, not many people realize that smoking is directly related to erectile dysfunction. Smoking cigarettes damages the smooth muscle tissue in your penis along with the blood vessels responsible for delivering blood to the organ for proper arousal. So, next time when you decide to light up, think of what that cigarette does to your erection.
Many medicines and prescription drugs can also negatively affect your erection. Certain blood pressure medications, antidepressants, painkillers, and cold and antihistamine medicines are known to cause impotence in some men. Make sure you check the labels for potential side effects of all non-prescription medicines you take and consult you doctor regarding any effects your prescription drugs may have on your sexual performance.
Another major contributor to erectile dysfunction is work-related stress. We all want to be successful in our careers, and for many of us, it means putting extra hours and dealing with high-stress situations on a daily basis. As a result, many men in their early 40s and 50s are very successful in the workplace, but much less so in the bedroom. Striking a healthy balance between work and private life is key to sexual wellness.
As President of NuMale, a leading national men’s health clinic, I see first-hand through our patients how important it is to be proactive and pay attention to your lifestyle and habits that may negatively affect your performance. And I hope that this piece of advice will help you stay on the right track. Also, remember to keep an eye on your testosterone levels and discuss your sexual health concerns with a professionally trained physician regularly. Taking good care of your penis is something you’ll never regret.