Research suggests that lifestyle improvements can improve your erectile function. In a study of Australian men age 35 to 80, nearly a third reported erectile problems over a five-year period. These problems spontaneously improved in 29 percent of the men, suggesting that factors that can be controlled, like lifestyle, were behind the ED reversal.
Enhance heart health.
Poor cardiovascular health reduces your body’s ability to deliver blood needed to produce erections. In a study published in 2004, researchers followed male participants for 25 years. The researchers found that heart disease risk factors predicted which men were most at risk of future ED. Numerous studies have strongly tied four major cardiovascular risk factors to ED:
- Smoking. Not smoking, or quitting if you do smoke, prevents ED.
- Alcohol. Reduce alcohol consumption. Heavy drinkers experience ED more often.
- Weight. One study found that in overweight men with ED, losing weight helped to improve erectile function in about a third of the study participants.
- Exercise. Studies show that physical activity, especially when combined with a healthy diet, can improve erectile function.
Avoiding these risk factors may help improve erectile function and reverse ED.
Taking steps to counteract low levels of testosterone, the male sex hormone, can improve erectile health. To naturally increase testosterone levels:
- lose weight
- reduce stress
These tips can also improve heart health, which may further reduce your ED symptoms.