A recent study published in Circulation: Journal of American Heart Association found that erectile dysfunction may actually be a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease. Since drugs that treat ED do not address the underlying cardiovascular causes of the problem, some men may think they are healthy when in fact, they are at risk for more serious heart conditions. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 5 percent of 40-year-old men and 15 to 25 percent of 65-year-old men suffer from long-term erectile dysfunction (ED).
- Eat for your heart – Choose a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in unhealthy saturated fats.
- Exercise often – Aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 5 times a week, but even 10 minutes of daily exercise will provide cardiovascular benefits.
- Avoid cigarette and cigar smoke – Smoking and second-hand smoke inhalation are deadly to the cardiovascular system.
- Relax and de-stress – Emotional stress can affect physical health. Ways to improve the mind, body, and spirit connection include periodic journaling, meditative breathing and reading inspirational books.
- Take whole-food supplements – Omega-3 fish oil capsules, Vitamin D, and B-complex vitamins have shown to positively affect cardiovascular health.
- Check blood pressure and cholesterol – Getting regular check-ups help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and erectile dysfunction.