Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a commonly encountered problem that affects nearly 30 million American men. Although ED statistics increase with age, it doesn’t have to really be a part of the aging process.

The World Health Organization recognizes sexual health as an integral state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. But, as they age, men can sometimes find it hard to ‘keep it up’. Age-related erectile dysfunction can be due to several underlying health conditions including diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. Experts consider ED as the primary sign of a stroke or a heart attack too. ED could also be attributed to the lowering of testosterone with age, oxidation and age-related atrophies of nerve endings.

Here are some ways to slow down the process of ED:

1. Stay nourished

Needless to say, the key to delaying the aging process is a well-balanced diet. Consuming fresh and unprocessed foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and legumes can supply all the nutrients and antioxidants that help counteract the aging process. When nitrates in the above-mentioned foods are converted to Nitrous oxide, it works along with other antioxidants to help stave off age-related damages to the blood vessels.

2. Trim down

Excess fat can reduce the levels of testosterone in the body and convert them into estrogens instead. It also releases certain toxic free-radicals that play a vital role in aging. Staying lean is thereby the only solution to prevent the above-mentioned mishaps

3. Keep Moving

Moderate-intensity exercises such as walking could help restore sexual performance in obese middle-aged men suffering from ED. Per the results of a Harvard study, 30 minutes of walking every day reduce ED risk by 41%.

4. Practice Kegel

The muscles around your penis might get weaker as you get older. Kegel exercises can help strengthen those muscles and help prevent ED. They are involved in keeping the blood trapped in the erection and during ejaculation. Practice them several times in a row and every day.

5. Take care of your vascular health

Health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol can all cause damage to the arteries in the heart, brain and those that lead towards the penis. It is important to pay attention to your vascular health and get treated or make lifestyle changes if advised.

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