According to a 2013 Huffington Post, the Cleveland Clinic believes that as many as 52 percent of men experience erectile dysfunction, with about 40 percent of that group at least aged 40, and an alarming 70 percent in that group aged 70 or older.
We know that men with heart disease, diabetes and are taking certain medications are a higher risk of experiencing erectile dysfunction, so we're here to give you a few tips on how you might be able to take care of yourself so that you can, in the end, take care of your penis.
As we mentioned above, guys with heart disease and diabetes are at a greater risk to experience ED than other men, so it's crucial to maintain a diet rich with vegetables, fruits and other non-greasy stuff. Exercise will, naturally, help keep a weight appropriate for your body type, so always remember this: happy heart = happy penis.
If you're the type of man who stresses out about the smallest of things and doesn't have a proper balance in his life, you're going to want to do something to get your emotions under control. That's because high blood pressure and bad cholesterol can damage blood vessels all over your body, but, in this case, the ones that control blood flow to your penis. Ruin those, and you could experience erectile dysfunction.
Kegel exercises are ones that involve repeated contraction and relaxation of the pelvis muscles. While you've probably heard about using this type of "workout" to help you last longer during sex—we were the ones who told you—using them to help with erectile dysfunction is also beneficial, as it strengthens the muscles in and around your penis.
Outside of heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol, one of the other leading factors in ED is low testosterone levels. While the relationship between erections and testosterone are tricky, the bottom line is this, if you notice your testosterone levels falling quickly after the age of 40—average is about 1.3 percent every year from that age—you're going to want the doctor to check you out.
This doesn't just refer to using a condom during sex—although that's obviously important, too! This is actually about making sure you don't do damage to your penis during sex, during other activities or, when you can, preventing unnecessary "blows" to your willy like nut punches and such. Go ahead and roll your eyes, but some cases of erectile dysfunction come from various injuries to the penis.
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