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Trying an Ounce of Prevention or Purchasing a Cure?

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When you are trying to take care of your health, it’s often much easier to prevent a problem than try and treatment. Not to mention that prevention is often much cheaper than the alternative. There many areas of life where this approach is successful, and for men's sexual health, you can use this approach if you are worried about developing erectile dysfunction.

Knowing the Signs

It is common for men of all ages to have an occasional struggle with impotence, but for men who experience continual erection problems, something serious may be present. Strong blood flow and well-timed muscular responses in the penis are needed for a hard and sustained erection, and the brain needs to be on track with sending the right signals and releasing the right hormones. Whenever this process is thrown off, a man could experience trouble with arousal and getting an erection that is hard enough sex. It could also cause problems with premature ejaculation or losing rigidity in the penis during intercourse. If this happens more than 50% of the time when you are trying to have sex, you may be facing a diagnosis of erectile dysfunction. Don’t try to self-medicate your condition, as you will need a physician to accurately assess what the problem may be. There could be underlying physical conditions that influence blood flow, muscle response, and hormonal balances. Things like heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol can cause ED. These are health concerns that require a doctor’s care.

Aim for Prevention

Fortunately, there are many steps that you can take to help ward off the causes of erectile dysfunction. These are simple suggestions that are easy and affordable.

1. Quit Smoking

Heart and blood vessel diseases have been linked to smoking, and heart disease has been linked to erectile dysfunction. By quitting this habit, you improve your chances of saving your lungs from damage but you also reduce your risk of developing ED.

2. Maintain a Healthy Weight

By keeping your weight under control, you regulate your blood pressure to a healthy range and you can delay the onset of diabetes. If you have diabetes, losing weight can help manage your condition, but you also need to follow your physician’s treatment plan for your blood sugar levels. If you are overweight or you are dealing with stubborn belly fat, talk to a nutritionist or a dietician about a meal plan that can help shed unwanted pounds and boost your nutritional intake. However, you won’t be able to make it a healthy weight with just dieting, you need to increase your activity levels. Exercise is also good for reducing the potential condition of erectile dysfunction.

3. Exercise Consistently

Your body needs to be in shape for sex, and you can use exercise and increased activity to get your body where it needs to be. Your heart is a muscle that needs to be exercised, so aerobic or endurance activities are a great place to start. Engaging in physical activity improves the blood flow throughout the body and all the way into the penis. This helps prevent the weak flow that leads to a failed erection.

4. Eat Right

If you want to develop a strong, healthy erection, you need to fill your body with the right balance of foods. Your strongest defense against a weak inner core is a diet plan that avoids foods high in saturated fat, refined sugar, and sodium. These are some of the most damaging foods to your health. They can cause weight gain, lower your immunity, and cause high cholesterol. Change your diet for low-fat dairy items, whole-grains, leafy green vegetables, lean meats, and colorful fruits. By controlling other areas of your health with a balanced diet, you can help prevent erectile dysfunction.

5. Avoid Illegal Drugs

There are prescription medications that can cause impotence, but illicit drug use can also keep you from getting an erection. There are psychological factors that can be influenced by drug use, but certain drugs can also prevent you from experiencing certain physical or emotional sensations.

Treating Dysfunction

If you are diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, there are many treatment options available. The most widely-used medications work to increase the blood flow to the penis, enabling the user to achieve a hard, sustained erection. The Mt. Everest pill also works to enhance the feelings of pleasure and sensitivity to stimulus, often making the sexual encounter more satisfying. If physical health conditions are affecting performance, your physician may have you try several lifestyle changes or prescription medications to address those other areas while working on your erectile dysfunction. Though these treatments are effective, you will be better off trying for the prevention of ED.


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