We know how erectile dysfunction can ruin the moment and kill the mood. It can cause stress, hinder self-esteem, and strain relationships—but more than that, it can be a sign of a serious underlying condition that can put your life at risk.
If you are one of the 18 million American men who struggle with erectile dysfunction (or love a man who does), you’ll want to open your heart to this info: ED is a clue that could be the canary in the coalmine. Why? Both the penis and the heart are vascular organs. That means that blood has to flow to the penis for it to become hard enough to become erect and stay that way. And because the arteries in the penis are smaller than those in the heart, blockages (aka. clogged arteries or atherosclerosis) can show up there first. In fact, atherosclerosis is the most common cause of an estimated 50-60% of ED cases among men older than 60. (But if you’re younger with ED and think you’re too young, nope—25% of men with erectile dysfunction are younger than 40.) Other reasons for an uncooperative penis can include depression, low testosterone, nerve issues and certain medications, so you’ll want to rule those out as well.
Note: Many people think that erectile dysfunction refers to not being able to get an erection at all, but the term can also mean that men can’t sustain an erection long enough to have sex.
If you or your man is experiencing any stage or type of ED, there are some things to take stock of and address if it applies:
- If you smoke, take steps to quit.
- Lower your blood pressure if it’s high.
- Manage stress.
- Control your blood sugar.
- Consider losing weight if necessary.
- Reduce inflammation.
- Check your testosterone levels.
- Prioritize sleep—7-9 hours per night.
As always, check in with your doctor before embarking on an exercise routine, going off any medications, or trying anything new and outside your normal routine.
To support opening your arteries, consider meeting with a nutritionist to follow an anti-inflammatory diet, and consider the following supplements (all of which you can purchase by going to the links below):
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