Need I say more?  You’d think that this problem, above almost any other besides kidney stones, would drive a male to change their lifestyle.  Unfortunately, I think that there is, once again, an education gap in society today.

Erectile dysfunction IS heart disease (or rather, vascular disease…).  How is that?  Healthy blood flow is required for an erection.  When the blood vessels begin to plaque up, you will have reduced blood flow and inability to maintain an erection.  So if the blood vessels are plaquing, it is only a matter of time before a heart attack or stroke occurs.

This article refers to ED as the “canary” of cardiovascular health.  I love this!  I just wish I had coined it myself, but alas…I’m merely the messenger.

So the use of meds like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra do nothing to fix the problem.  Ironically, these meds can’t be used by a patient currently under treatment for heart disease, which is arguably the reason the ED is present in the first place.

So what does one with ED do?  And, before you ladies shut out the recommendations, decreased libido could arguably be put into the same category…so pay attention.

Once again, lifestyle changes to lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease will help with ED.  That means avoidance of refined carbs, hydrogenated oils and processed foods as well as no drinking our calories.  Increased intake of healthy fats, whole grains, fruits and veggies, tea and exercise.  All on top of a calorie reduced diet.  The list is long to help in this process…

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.