11. Know what to do to prevent ED
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Healthy diet and regular cardio exercise are the keys to preventing erectile dysfunction, Dhir explained. “Sedentary lifestyles will typically be more prone to ED, as will being overweight.” Also, he noted, if testosterone levels are lower than normal, replacement therapy can be helpful in preventing ED issues.
12. Some common conditions can lead to ED
Some chronic diseases that can lead to severe erectile dysfunction include heart disease, high cholesterol, poorly controlled diabetes, low testosterone (hypogonadism), alcohol or opioid abuse, obstructive sleep apnea, and even neurological diseases like Parkinson’s Disease or multiple sclerosis, Dhir explained. “There are more but these are the most common.”
13. Eat everything in moderation
Exercising portion control — as in eating everything in moderation — is one of the key behaviors men can adopt in maintaining good health, according to Dhir. Many healthy eating experts don’t believe in depriving yourself of any food as it only increases the risk of craving and eventually binging on unhealthy foods. Your body needs all major food groups. “You can’t eat only protein because then you’ll crave sugar too much,” said Jill Maher, a nutrition health coach in Scottsdale, Arizona.
14. Avoid processed foods
Most processed foods are often leached off of the essential vitamins and nutrients the body needs, and that can make a huge difference on weight and overall health. This is why eating less processed foods is one of the health resolutions doctors want people to keep. Read the labels and make sure there are no added sugars, sodium, and trans fats.
15. Avoid saturated fats
Most Americans consume more than the recommended limits for saturated fat in their diet, according to the Food and Drug Administration. That limit is no more than 6% of one’s daily calorie intake, as per the American Heart Association — that is about 120 calories or 13 grams for a diet of 2,000 calories a day. Saturated fat can raise cholesterol levels, which increases the risk of heart disease.