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Alternative Ways to Treat Erectile Dysfunction

Editor’s note: Anywhere from 5 to 15 percent of men have erectile dysfunction (ED), and the problems becomes more common with age. There are several medications to treat the condition, but there are some effective alternative steps you can take Here, Dr. Jason Kovac, MD, who specializes in Sexual Medicine at the Institute of Men’s Health at Urology of Indiana, offers some tips:

1. Stick to a Sex–Healthy Diet

Leafy green vegetables are great, and beet juice is high in nitrates that help dilate blood vessels. Flavonoids in dark chocolate has been shown to increase circulation.  And zinc, commonly found in oysters, can contribute to healthy erectile function.

2. Don’t drink, don’t smoke

Smoking has a negative effect on the vascular system.  People who hold off smoking for even 36 hours can see an improvement.  Once they see the improvement in erectile function, they tend to hold off longer and hopefully will eventually quit.

3. Don’t stress

Stress ties in with anxiety, which can promote ED. The stress and anxiety become a cycle affecting erectile function. Successfully improving erectile function can eliminate that cycle.

4. Go for a walk

According to one Harvard study, just 30 minutes of walking a day was linked with a 41% drop in risk for ED. Other research suggests that moderate exercise can help restore sexual performance in obese middle-aged men with ED.

5. Boost your testosterone

Exercise, lose weight and eat better.  If you have a lot of body fat it increases estrogen.  There is no quick fix, but these are natural ways to avoid loss of testosterone.

6. Explore permanent solutions like penile implants

After a 40-minute procedure to implant a device entirely inside the body, men have the ability to pump their penis into an erection in just seconds.

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