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Erectile dysfunction, or the persistent inability to obtain and maintain an erection that is adequate to complete satisfactory sexual relations, is often assumed to be an inevitable part of the aging process. Although it is normal for sexual activity to decline with advancing age, there are steps a man can take to proactively protect against ED. A prudent program of a healthy diet and moderate exercise helps to control risk for such vascular diseases as diabetes and heart disease, while also contributing to normal erectile function. Nurturing a healthy relationship with a supportive partner can help to find creative ways to cultivate intimacy, and can help reduce anxiety associated with the concerns about sexual performance.

A normal erection requires the coordination of hormones, blood vessels, and nerves. Problems with any of these three systems can affect a man's ability to engage in sexual intimacy.

Although erectile dysfunction is more common after age 65, it can affect any man at some point in his life. The good news is that man of all ages can be proactive against ED.

1) Protect the heart
Vascular disease and heart disease can contribute to the ED by decreasing the blood supply to all organs of the body including the penis. Without adequate blood supply, penile tissues can not receive adequate blood in order to sustain an erection.

High blood pressure and high cholesterol levels are especially common causes of erectile dysfunction. To reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, a man should consume a diet that is low in saturated fats and should avoid foods that are high in salt. It is also important to consume a diet that is rich in fiber and in omega-3 fatty acids, which are abundant in salmon, seeds, and nuts. Regular aerobic exercises such as jogging, swimming or fast walking on a daily basis is an excellent recommendation for a healthy heart.

There is also an association between cigarette smoking and heart disease. Therefore, it is important to avoid cigarettes in order to help preserve erectile function. Also, alcohol consumption can play a role in erectile dysfunction. Light to moderate intake of alcohol, such as a glass of red wine, appears to be beneficial for the heart. However, too much alcohol can cause high blood pressure and reduce the blood supply to the penis.

2) Take steps to prevent diabetes
Diabetes can cause damage to blood vessels and nerves, making it difficult to achieve an erection. Adult onset diabetes can be prevented with a program of diet and daily exercise.

3) Enhance psychological well-being
Exercise not only helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes but it also boosts psychological health by decreassing stress and helps prevent mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Erectile dysfunction and depression often occur together. Depression can decrease the libido or sex drive and puts a strain on interpersonal relationships which can contribute to erectile dysfunction. A good relationship with ones partner is the cornerstone of an enjoyable sex life.

4) Reduce the need for medications
There are literally dozens of medications that can interfere with the ability to achieve an erection. The most common are medications for treating hypertension, antidepressants, tranquilizers, muscle relaxants and even anti-histamines. Therefore, the fewer medications that a man takes, the better the chance to maintain normal erectile function.

5) Seek additional help
Additional options for treating erectile dysfunction include oral medications such as Viagra, Cialis or Levitra. All 3 oral medications are effective for restoring erectile dysfunction and are the first line of treatment for ED. For those who do not respond to oral therapy, there are additional treatment options such as injections, vacuum erection devices, and penile implants.

Bottom Line: ED is a common condition that affects millions of American men. Many men can decrease the risk of ED by practicing healthy lifestyle behaviors. Others who suffer from ED can be helped with medications. In 2007 and beyond, no one needs to suffer the tragedy of the bedroom!