Five New Year’s resolutions to help manage erectile dysfunction

Five New Year’s resolutions to help manage erectile dysfunction

2019 is here, and it’s time for resolutions. Even if you aren’t the kind to take up an expensive gym membership, make kale smoothies or run 10k before work every day, there’s plenty of opportunity to make changes to your health with the turn of a new year.

If you’ve been experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), now is a great time to make changes to your life to manage the problem. Although it isn’t possible in all cases, ED can sometimes be prevented, managed, or even reversed by making healthy lifestyle choices. It’s the season of change, so now is a good a time as any to take charge of both your sexual and overall health. Here are our top resolution suggestions to help you manage ED:

1. Lose weight (if you’re overweight)

Don’t go losing weight if you’re already a healthy weight, but it might be beneficial to your sexual health to shed a few pounds if you’re carrying too many. You can do this by either eating healthier food or exercising more - but bear in mind that cycling for more than a few hours a week can damage blood vessels and lead to ED.

Atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in the arteries, is one of the biggest causes of erectile dysfunction. By eating well and exercising regularly, you can help to prevent this buildup.

2. Cut down smoking

Healthy erections require blood to flow to the penis easily, and anything that hinders this process can contribute to erectile dysfunction. Smoking thickens the blood, making it more difficult for it to flow to the penis. By cutting down on how much you smoke, or by quitting altogether, you can reduce or manage this problem.

3. Cut down drinking

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to erectile dysfunction in both the short and long term. Having difficulty getting an erection after a night of heavy drinking, known informally as “whiskey dick”, is probably the most common reason men experience ED. This is because alcohol is a depressant - it reduces blood flow to the penis, which impinges your ability to get an erection. But over a long period of time, drinking can cause more serious ED. In time, alcohol can cause nerve damage in your penis, which can lead to erectile dysfunction.

4. Manage stress

As important as physical factors are in causing ED, there are also psychological reasons for it too. These include stress, anxiety and relationship difficulties. If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction and think one of these problems might be affecting you, try speaking to your partner or a close friend about what’s on your mind. Stress can have a huge effect across your life, and if one of your resolutions is to be happier in 2019, your mental and physical well-being may benefit from cutting back on work.

5. Speak to your doctor

If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, the best person to help you out is your doctor. Although Viagra Connect treatment is available online with services such as Eddie, your doctor can help you to establish the root of the problem and help you make lifestyle choices to manage it.

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Libby Mayfield

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