43, Cholesterol is 201 and Have Difficulty Getting it Up
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION QUESTION:
I’m turning 43, my cholesterol is 201 (LDL 124, HDL 27, Triglyceries 342) Since 2017, I noticed my erections getting softer and eventually I have difficulty getting it up.
I talked to my doctor about it in January and he suggested I start with diet and exercise and might have hardening of the arteries. Is it possible to bounce back from this? I’m working on my exercise and am trying harder on my diet now. I’m just constantly thinking about the constricted feeling I have in my penis, a lack of morning wood, and the difficulty in getting it up.
I did get my wife pregnant this summer and the last time we had sex a couple of weeks ago, I had a pretty good erection once I got up. I talked to a guy that said he was close to dying from blocked arteries and came back, so he inspires me, but I get frustrated at times like right now.
DOCTOR ALSAYES ANSWER:
I’m very sorry to hear that.
Yes, you must know that your erection can back to normal with the right lifestyle. And it can happen sooner than you expect, depending on how much effort you make in the right direction.
Eating healthy foods reduces your risk of common vascular problems caused by high cholesterol, high blood sugar, high triglyceride levels, and being overweight, which are all factors leading to ED eventually I advise you to establish a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly, eating healthy food (low cholesterol), and stop or avoid alcohol and tobacco (if any) as they both contribute to ED. These steps will help you regain your normal erection faster.
Diet alone can’t cure ED, healthy lifestyle changes are a must when dealing with ED. These include:
• Regular exercise
• Maintaining low blood pressure
• Eating a healthful diet
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Avoiding alcohol and cigarettes
Also, there are some foods and supplements that have shown promising effects against ED;
• Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and avoid red meat and processed grains.
• Flavonoids increase blood flow and the concentration of nitric oxide in the blood. Chocolate, particularly the dark variety, is rich in flavonoids. (be careful; Milk chocolate is lower in flavonoids and contains higher amounts of sugar and fat).
• Pistachios also improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure with no notable side effects.
• Watermelon contains a compound called citrulline, which helps to relax blood vessels. It also improves blood flow, much as ED medications do.
I hope this answers your question.