Physical activity may reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction can alter a couple’s life and become a real handicap. Medication treatments are often thought of as solutions, but targeted physical activity can be just as effective.

20% of men over 60 would be affected by erectile dysfunction, compared to only 10% of those under 50. This dysfunction is sometimes perceived as inevitable. While that may be true to a certain extent, the problem can nonetheless be solved and not just by taking medication. Physical exercise would be more effective than taking pills.

To understand how to better deal with erection problems in the long term, we must look at the origins of these disorders. There are several factors that can increase the risk of getting erectile dysfuntion: obesity, cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, history of heart attack, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, or low physical activity. Aging is also one of the possible causes. This may be the side effect of treatments like some antidepressants or antihypertensives. Lifestyle changes can therefore help to fight erectile disorders durably.

The pelvic floor is a set of muscles located at the bottom of the abdomen. In humans, they contribute to the influx of blood to the penis to cause an erection, help with urination and ejaculation. Kegel exercises help strengthen these muscles. Created in 1940 by Dr. Kegel, they can also help women fight against urinary leakage. In four to six weeks, improvements are visible.

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Some pilates exercises target the pelvic muscles. One of them, for example, consists of lying on your back, your arms along your body, your feet on the ground and your knees bent. Lift the pelvis gently, then hold the position for three seconds, and go down slowly. For these exercises, the secret of success is repetition and patience, because the results are not immediate.

The practice of sport in general helps to overcome erection problems, as they help maintain good cardiovascular health and therefore good condition of the veins. Cycling, running, boxing, swimming: there is plenty of choice. A more balanced diet can also improve erectile functioning. In short, simple actions can help to overcome erection problems. In the United States, more than 30 million men suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Eric Thomas

Eric, originally from Nigeria, currently resides in Florida and covers a wide range of topics for The talking Democrat.