There are certain modifiable conditions and behaviours that increase the chances of developing this condition. These mainly include lack of physical activity, obesity, use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use. Eating an unhealthy diet low in antioxidants is also linked to erectile dysfunction.
The following lifestyle modifications may improve erectile function:
Regular physical exercise: Studies have shown that exercise can improve erectile function, sexual response, and overall cardiovascular health.
Weight control and diet: Obesity nearly doubles the risk of erectile dysfunction. Obesity affects insulin sensitivity and can eventually lead to Non-Insulin dependent diabetes. Raised sugar levels together with hypertension and high cholesterol levels contribute to erectile dysfunction. The Body Renewal Medical Weight loss program which uses hCG off-label to safely reduce weight -especially dangerous abdominal fat. 10 to 12 kgs of resistant fat can be safely lost in 4 to 6 weeks if this program is strictly followed.
Weight control and adoption of a healthier diet (such the Mediterranean diet) may reduce this risk. The principles of a Mediterranean diet include high intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and fish, with low intake of refined grains as well as red and processed meats. In combination with physical activity, a Mediterranean diet may be especially beneficial for men with erectile dysfunction who also have metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, diets rich in antioxidants have been shown to improve penile blood flow, erectile activity, smooth muscle relaxation, and fibrosis.
Stop Smoking: Both smoking and erectile dysfunction have often been associated–individually–with plaque build-up in the arteries, called atherosclerosis. The plaque obstructs blood flow through vessels, causing a host of circulatory problems throughout the body, such as erectile dysfunction.