Since , the U. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings for these and 24 additional sexual-enhancement supplements that are secretly laced with dangerous drugs.
Under a microscope, some of these chemicals look similar to the active ingredients in FDA-approved erectile-dysfunction drugs like Viagra and Cialis. For example, some of them may trigger life-threatening problems like a big drop in blood pressure. Often, ED is a sign of heart disease. When the cells that line your blood vessels are damaged — by high blood pressure, high blood sugar, inflammation or unmanaged stress — they lose their flexibility and become narrow and stiff.
When blood flow is restricted it more than doubles your odds for heart disease and ED. Ask about blood sugar. Up to 70 percent of men with type 2 diabetes report sexual-performance problems.
The culprits are nerve and artery damage. They can prevent healthy erectile function. Be honest about emotions. For 10 percent to 20 percent of men, sexual vigor is reduced by stress, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Lose the elastic-waist pants.
Exercising for 15 minutes a day can improve bedroom fun by nearly 20 percent — so consider the benefits of logging in 30 minutes a day. Exercise helps overcome erectile problems by cooling bodywide inflammation an emerging factor in ED and keeping your artery linings flexible and blood flowing to all your important zones.
One study found bumping up fiber, slashing bad fats like fatty meats and ditching refined sugars and syrups helped 33 percent of guys vanquish erectile problems. Another study showed guys who added good fats extra-virgin olive oil to that upgraded diet cut their risk for ED by 66 percent. Adding walnuts and non-fried fish offers even more protection. Severe gum disease doubles your risk for erectile dysfunction. Could be the bodywide effects of chronic inflammation and related cardiovascular problems fueled by mouth trouble.
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