The first step to naturally lowering your risk of impotence is to step out the door. Exercises like walking three hours per week drop your risk of having erectile dysfunction by 30 percent.1 And along with physical activity, a wide variety of herbs can also boost your sexual life.
The Value of Movement
If you’re an immovable object, your sex life isn’t likely to budge, either. An analysis of 31,742 men age 53 to 90 reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2003 shows that exercise keeps you leaner and fit for sex, as well as mentally more ready for sexual interaction.
An occasional problem achieving an erection is nothing to worry about. But failure to do so more than 50% of the time at any age may indicate a condition that needs treatment. Are you at risk for erectile dysfunction (ED)? Take the following quiz and find out.
Are you overweight? Yes or No
Do you have any of the following conditions?
Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries from plaque)
Use recreational drugs
How often do you exercise?
Once or twice a week
A couple of times a month
I never seem to get around to it
How often do you feel stressed?
Much of the time
Overweight men are more likely to have ED
Common causes of ED include nerve diseases, psychological conditions and diseases that affect blood flow. A number of prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs may also cause ED by affecting a man’s hormones, nerves or blood circulation
Tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs can all damage a man’s blood vessels and/or restrict blood flow to the penis, causing ED
Regular exercise can reduce the risk of ED
Stress and anxiety are leading causes of temporary ED
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Does my erectile dysfunction stem from an underlying illness?
Could any of my medicines be causing this problem or making it worse?
Could stress or a psychological problem be to blame for my erection difficulties?
Are there medications I can take?
Did You Know?
Misinformation about erectile dysfunction includes the notion that ED, also called impotence, is an unavoidable consequence of aging. ED is not considered normal at any age, nor is it normal for a man to lose erectile function completely as a result of being older.
Another myth is that tight underwear causes ED. While physical and psychological conditions can lead to ED, tight underwear is not to blame. Tight underwear may be a factor in producing a low sperm count.
ED can be treated with oral medications, sex therapy, penile injections and surgery, such as penile implants.
Intercavernous injection therapy is a medication injected directly into the penis to treat ED.
Intraurethral therapy is a suppository medication that is inserted into the urethra to treat ED.
Urologist is a doctor specially trained to treat problems of the male and female urinary systems, and the male sex organs.
Know Your Numbers
At least 20 million American men have some degree of erectile dysfunction, and about one in 10 adult males suffers from ED long-term.
About 40% of men in their 40s report at least occasional problems getting and maintaining erections. So do more than half (52%) of men aged 40 to 70, and about 70% of men in their 70s.
Failure to achieve an erection less than 20% of the time is not unusual; treatment is rarely needed.
Atherosclerosis alone accounts for 50% to 60% of ED cases in men 60 and older. Between 35% and 50% of men with diabetes have ED, and ED may be a predictor for other vascular problems.