Unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as poor dietary habits, sedentary life, smoking, and alcoholism, and drug abuse are few etiological factors affecting erection. But the good news is men can safeguard their erection by following few important healthy tips.
• Choose healthy foods
A diet that is unhealthy is bad not only for a man’s cardiac function but also his ability to get and sustain an erection. Unhealthy diet on regular basis can lead to cardiac arrest due to atherosclerosis, a vascular disease in which fatty material is accumulated in the arteries causing obstruction in the blood vessels. Same is the case with penile arteries; weak erection is mainly due to inadequate blood supply to the erectile tissues caused by narrowing of the arteries. Therefore, it is important to eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables that are packed with lots of essential nutrients.
• Regular exercise
Studies have reported that sedentary habits can lead to obesity and ED. Men should indulge in various physical exercises to prevent ED, such as running, cycling, swimming, weight-bearing, and aerobic exercises. Exercise improves overall blood circulation that helps in rejuvenating the whole system, including reproductive system. Proper blood is supplied to the penile organ during sexual stimulation, thereby preventing ED.
• Maintain normal body mass index (BMI)
Obesity can bring many medical issues, such as diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic diseases. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to diabetic neuropathy wherein the nerves that supply penile organ are damaged. To prevent diabetes and obesity, it is important to maintain normal BMI by eating healthy diet in association with physical activities.
• Avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits
If you are a heavy smoker, then reduce it gradually and quit. Smoking thickens the blood by depositing harmful chemicals; thereby, making blood flow sluggish towards the penile organ. Chronic alcoholism can cause nerve damage, liver cirrhosis and other life-threatening conditions that interfere with male sexual hormones leading to ED. Mild to moderate alcohol consumption is acceptable, but constant binge drinking can affect the erection process.
• Stay away from anabolic steroids
Anabolic steroids are often taken by athletes and body-builders to beef up their body. But these drugs can really prove harmful to the testes, as they can shrink the testicles and make them incapable of producing male sexual hormone, testosterone. Deficiency in testosterone is linked to sexual weakness. Therefore, stay away from anabolic steroids in order to avert ED.
• Manage stress
Blood vessels contract due to excessive secretion of adrenaline and stress-hormone, cortisol. Psychological issues like stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems are responsible for ED. Therefore, try to manage or curb stress by being optimistic, and practice meditation and Yoga. If you are unable to manage it, take help from your doctor or a qualified counselor.
• Regular check-up
If you are suffering from any medical illness, take appropriate medication to control or treat the condition under the supervision of your medical advisor. It is advisable to undergo regular health checkup in order to elicit any medical condition, so that timely treatment can save you from adverse complications.
• Avoid risky sexual activities
Few cases of ED are caused by penile injuries that often occur during risky or aggressive sexual intercourse. So try to avoid such activities or positions that can harm your penile structure. You can consult your doctor or sexologist to get proper knowledge on how to perform, more importantly, things to avoid.