Lots of guys ignore their health until it becomes a problem. They don’t eat right and fail to exercise. Many men wave away concern over health. But when it comes to sexual health suddenly they are all ears. The trouble is the two are inexorably linked. For instance, healthy blood flow is critical not only to good health but to sexual functioning. Those who are overweight or obese, smoke or abuse alcohol or have serious emotional problems like chronic stress, depression or anxiety, will eventually feel the effects in the bedroom. For any man who wants to perform well sexually up until their eighties and perhaps even beyond, proper maintenance of the genitals and the health of the body in general are essential. Here are some ways to live healthy and protect your sexual functioning as well. If you have abdominal weight, do your best to lose it. Fat around the abdomen saps testosterone, a hormone essential for sperm production, sex drive and the formation of erections.
If you start to experience erectile dysfunction, see your doctor right away. It could be an indicator of a more serious health issue. For smokers, it’s critical that you quit. Find the right cessation plan. Smoking injures blood vessels throughout the body including those that feed the penis and cause erections. Smoking doubles your risk of developing ED. There are lots of products on the market today to help you quit. Talk to your doctor and see which one may be right for you. Get some exercise, particularly lower body exercise. Even if it means taking a walk after dinner each night, exercise gooses the endothelial cells that line the blood vessels, causing them to produce more nitric oxide—a key biochemical in the development of erections. The healthier a man is the more nitric oxide he will produce and the harder his erections will be. Lastly, those between the ages of 15 and 40 should inspect their testicles once a month for any hard growths or unusual lumps. Though uncommon, 8,000 men each year are diagnosed with testicular cancer, which has good treatment options and outcomes if caught early. Take care of yourself and you will enjoy a healthy sex life up into your golden years.