The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says that a healthy diet can help men looking to prevent erectile dysfunction (ED).
These foods include:
- Lean meat
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Low-fat dairy products
One should avoid foods that contain high levels of sodium or sugar. Doctors strongly discourage the intake of saturated fats. In a study on lifestyle modifications and erectile dysfunction, the Asian Journal of Andrology suggests that the limited consumption of red meat may also boost a man’s sexual health.
The goal is to reach and keep a healthy weight, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and control blood pressure. Additionally, avoiding over-consumption of alcohol can help minimize the risk of impotence.
Aphrodisiacs Have Been Used for Centuries
According to a study published in Pharmacognosy Review, for thousands of years before prescription pills, people tried to use certain foods, herbs, and other substances to increase sexual desire and potency.
Ground rhinoceros horn and a toxic substance called “Spanish fly” were used as aphrodisiacs throughout history. Other natural materials taken to increase libido and sexual performance were the mandrake plant and yohimbine.
Today, some people consider these foods to spur sexual desire:
- Raw oysters
However, there is no scientific evidence that these substances contain aphrodisiac properties that increase sexual pleasure, performance, or libido.
Many Factors Can Cause ED
The best way to treat ED will depend on an individual’s health condition. When a medical professional identifies the root cause of a man’s ED, often, treatment can be administered to improve sexual activity. According to the University of Utah, there are currently 18 million adult men in the U.S. living with some form of ED. However, because of the shame associated with discussing the condition, only 10% of this population seeks medical treatment.
While most men affected are over the age of 50, younger men may also experience symptoms.
Pharmacognosy Review notes that some of the leading causes of ED include:
- Medical conditions like diabetes, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and unhealthy cholesterol or triglyceride levels
- Lifestyle issues including cigarette smoking, other tobacco use, and heavy alcohol consumption
- Thyroid disorders, low testosterone, decreased hormone levels, and other endocrine disorders
- A history of pelvic issues like trauma, surgery, and radiation to the area
- Psychological conditions including stress, depression, fear of sexual activity, and anxiety
- Disorders of the penis like Peyronie’s disease and phimosis
- Neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and cerebral trauma
- Prescription drugs for diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and psychotic disorders
- Other medical issues that can lead to ED are multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), sleep apnea, chronic renal failure, and cancer
Successful treatment of some of these conditions can improve the patient’s sexual function.
Lifestyle Modifications That Can Help ED
Sometimes, treating an underlying medical condition isn’t enough to restore sexual function.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, natural ways to overcome erectile dysfunction include:
- Being active. A 30-minute daily walk is enough exercise to decrease the likelihood of ED by more than 40%.
- Losing weight. A man can cut his likelihood of ED in half by losing inches around the waist. Reducing the amount of fat in the midsection also brings down the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, which can all contribute to ED.
- Kegel exercises. Strengthening the pelvic floor by practicing Kegel exercises twice a day can increase the rigidity of erections and increase sexual stamina.
An overall healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to prevent or lessen the occurrence of ED.
A New Option for Treating ED
Sometimes dietary improvements and physical activity aren’t enough to address the root cause of a man’s condition. Oral medications can host a range of unwanted side effects, and surgical methods can have long recovery periods. Thankfully, there’s now a noninvasive treatment option to treat ED.
GAINSWave® therapy is a procedure that a medical professional can perform in the office. The drug-free treatment takes only about 20 minutes and has proven results.
GAINSWave® Therapy Isn’t Only for ED
Men who don’t have ED also use GAINSWave® therapy to enhance sexual performance. Many males who enjoy physical activity choose this therapy to “biohack” their sexual ability.
GAINSWave® therapy uses low-intensity shockwaves to break down the build-up of plaque under the skin of the penis. It’s also designed to stimulate blood vessel growth and promote penile tissue regeneration. There’s no reason to miss out on one of life’s most intimate pleasures when there are treatment options available.
For more information, contact a GAINSWave® therapy provider near you today.