10 Things Men Should Do to Maintain Their Sexual Health

Things Men Should Do to Maintain Their Sexual Health
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Men have it tough sometimes. They are expected to be strong, masculine human beings and perform like beasts in the bedroom. Luckily, most young men are able to satisfy their partners without any trouble as they have high testosterone levels, healthy sexual function and stamina to go on for hours without end. This, however, doesn’t last as long as men hope it would. After a certain age, men experience a drop in testosterone levels and a decline in their overall wellbeing. When this happens, sexual health can also take a dive, which can lead to many problems in the bedroom for the man – such as issues with his abilities to get hard erections, a lack of sexual desire and his stamina may also not be enough to go on for hours.

Sexual dysfunctions are actually common among the aging man. As much as 40% of men who are 40 years have symptoms of erectile dysfunction, while up to 70% of men over the age of 70 experience these symptoms. Erectile dysfunction isn’t the only problem men face when it comes to their sexual health. Patient.info reports that as much as 20% of men have a lack of libido, which causes them to become uninterested in sexual activities. According to Nature, up to 30% of men also ejaculates too soon, which means both him and his partner are not completely and equally satisfied during sexual intercourse. While erectile dysfunction, low libido, and premature ejaculation are the most common sexual dysfunctions in men, they are not the only ones.

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Maintaining Male Sexual Health with Age

To maintain healthy sexual health, a man needs to live healthy lives. This can help men avoid the development of common sexual dysfunctions and may even contribute to better* sexual function as the man grows older. Think about the 60% of men aged 40 that does not have erectile dysfunction and the 80% of men who still have a healthy libido level to participate in sexual intercourse whenever opportunity strikes – clearly, these men must be doing something different than the ones who are experiencing adverse symptoms. In this post, we are going to analyze the 10 must-do objectives that men should incorporate into their lives to support* their sexual health and to avoid their sexual function from declining with age.

1. Avoid Obesity

More than 74% of men are overweight or obese. Excess fat in the body has many negative effects on the well-being of the human being. This puts the man at a higher risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and more. Obesity can also have an adverse effect on a man’s sexual health.

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2. Avoid Tobacco Products

Smoking tobacco products have a definite adverse effect on the entire human body and can even lead to lung cancer, throat cancer and other types of cancer. In fact, smoking can cause damage to all parts of the human body due to the chemicals that are released into the lungs. Smoking also causes injury to blood vessel lining and can even narrow blood vessels. Since an erection depends on healthy blood flow, the decline in blood circulation caused by smoking can reduce* a man’s erectile quality.

Avoid Tobacco Products

3. Sleep for Sexual Health

A lack of sleep can be dangerous to a man’s health. It can increase* their risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, heart failure and high blood pressure. A lack of sleep can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and irregular heartbeat. It can also cause premature aging of the skin, it can make a person feel depressed and anxious, and it can impair mental function. Telegraph reports that a recent study has found that sleep deprivation can also take a toll on a man’s sex drive.

4. Coping with Your Stress Levels

Every person has many sources of stress. Work, the kids, an important assignment they are working on and numerous things can simply build up their stress levels. Too much stress is bad for both mental and physical health, and can also increase* a person’s risk of developing depression and some physiological diseases. Stress also has a negative effect on a man’s sexual health and abilities in the bedroom by reducing* their libido.

5. Consume Healthy Meals

With our busy lives, we often forget just how important it really is to eat healthily. Lunch time strikes and the closest place to grab a bit only serves deep fried food. Unfortunately, the deep fried chicken and French fries will not help you out in bed, but rather take a toll on your sexual health. If a person does not eat healthily, they are at risk of malnutrition, which can lead to many adverse effects in the body. Eating healthy, on the other hand, can improve* a person’s overall health and even contribute to better* sexual health.

Consume Healthy Meals

6. Regulating Blood Pressure

Blood pressure refers to how much work the heart needs to do in order to pump blood throughout the body. When blood pressure is very high, then blood circulation can be impacted in a negative way. To achieve a firm erection, a man needs healthy blood flow to the pelvic area. This ensures that enough blood gets pushed into the penis during sexual arousal. By ensuring* blood pressure is always at normal levels, a man can ensure that there is always enough blood available for their erections.

7. Regulating Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol is a beverage that can make a party much more fun for everyone, but if alcohol consumption is not regulated, it can cause havoc on a person’s liver and lead to a series of health issues. Heart health declines, blood pressure may rise and sexual health can take a beating in the process. It is, however, important to note that consuming smaller amounts of alcohol is not as harmful and may actually help a person who is shy start a conversation.

8. Exercise Regularly

To live a healthy life, a person needs to stay fit by regularly participating in physical activities. Physical activities should include both cardio and strength training exercises. This can help a person control* their weight, strengthen* their muscles and it can have a powerful impact on the person’s stamina and endurance. These benefits can lead to better* sexual health, which will come in handy when the man is stepping into the bedroom.

Exercise Regularly

9. Don’t Be Afraid to Masturbate Now and Then

A lot of men think that they should never masturbate if they are in a relationship. Sexual activity with their partner is their only way of gaining pleasure and release. This, however, is not true. Masturbation is actually an excellent way for a man to learn more about himself – it will help them realize what turns them on and it can also be a great way to delay ejaculations (very helpful if the man has premature ejaculation problems).

10. If a Man Knows He Needs Help, Then He Should Seek Help

Most men are embarrassed to talk about their sexual problems, especially when it comes to erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. This makes the man go on for years without seeking help and can lead to the condition worsening. Men should realize that they are not alone and seeking appropriate help – whether it is at a doctor or therapist – can help them improve* their performance in the bedroom.

Conclusion

As men age, many biological functions can start to decline and cause problems with their overall well-being and performance. Sexual health and function are often one of the areas of a man’s life that suffer as he ages. Testosterone levels decline, stamina degrades and erectile function may also become impaired. To help men stay at the top of their game even when they grow older, the 10 must-do tasks we’ve discussed should always be included in their everyday routine.

References:

  • https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/Pages/overweight-obesity-statistics.aspx
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/8555899/Lack-of-sleep-kills-a-mans-sex-drive-study-concludes.html

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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.