High Cholesterol -> Erectile Dysfunction

MEN... get your cholesterol checked. If it is high then you have a good chance of Erectile Dysfunction.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and High Cholesterol may seem unrelated at first glance, but, erectile dysfunction is one of the earliest symptoms of high cholesterol in men. This can in many cases, lead to a negative impact on a man’s sexual life.

Why will it reduce libido?
Cholesterol is a fat-like and waxy substance. Too much of the bad cholesterol (LDL) creates plaque in the arteries and either damage the blood vessels or block blood flow. As a result the blocked or damaged blood vessels result in a poor blood flow to the penis and genital areas. This leads to erection problems.

The higher the LDL levels, the more likely the development of erection problems. Severe cases generally lead to impotence. The high cholesterol also affects the body’s ability to produce a chemical in the blood stream called nitric oxide. Without this chemical it is almost impossible to have an erection. Nitric oxide occurs naturally and it helps relax your arteries which also helps in the blood flow during an erection. More blood flow to the penis. The added benefit is that it also provides protection against conditions that threaten your heart and its health. The increased levels of cholesterol act as a natural antagonist, thereby reversing the effect of nitric oxide. It may even shut down nitric oxide production.

Men with high cholesterol often have high triglyceride levels. High triglycerides are considered part of the metabolic syndrome and is largely attributed to lifestyle particularly the low activity or sedentary, poor diet, and even being overweight. These factors that also increase risk significantly for erectile dysfunction.

Be reminded that high cholesterol also leads to clogged arteries. Clogged arteries results in a condition called atherosclerosis, and this reduces blood flow leading to an increases the risk of heart attack or stroke. Additionally the reduced blood flow caused by the high cholesterol and atherosclerosis also has been linked to erectile dysfunction.

What do you do?
* Start by getting your cholesterol checked – It makes no sense doing something and your do not know where you are starting or what is your finish line target. Simply visit your doctor or maybe consider one of the home cholesterol check packs.

* Watch what you eat – Of course we can’t be on the extreme of being so regimented that we don’t enjoy our meals. However, it pays to be mindful to know what is the content of our foods. Being mindful of our meals will also need some discipline such that we work on moving from high fat foods to those which help lower our fats. Further it is important to consider foods which boost the good cholesterol.

* Manage your stress – As simple as this seems…sometimes stress crops up on us in various forms and fashion.

“This sometimes occurs without us seeing the landmarks. Work overload is like the constant working with a goal of success somewhere in mind and not realizing that our bodies are becoming exhausted.”

* Exercise or review your current fitness program. As a man, you may need to increase your heart rate in order to move from a high cholesterol position to one which then becomes controlled and then manageable. Making exercise a part of the regime is one sure fire way to get back the libido. Remember exercise also helps the body feel good – with the release of endorphines.

* Chat with a medical doctor – maybe your doctor can prescribe some initial medical treatment course, however this expert will more than likely couple this with some of the previously mentioned action items.

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