All men (without exception) have experienced problems with potency at least once in their lives. After 40s, ED as a chronic disorder may develop in almost half of the male population of the planet. In a lion’s share of patients, this is caused (partially or wholly) by an imbalance in cholesterol levels.
Can Cholesterol Be ‘Bad’?
Cholesterol is a fatty substance. This is a significant structural part of the cell membranes. Lipoproteins, protein-based compounds, transport cholesterol through the arteries. There are two types of cholesterol:
- ‘bad’–low density lipoproteins or LDL, these are important parts of cell membranes;
- ‘good’–high density lipoproteins or HDL, they carry cholesterol from other parts of the organism back to the liver.
The first type of cholesterol is very important for life. In addition to cell construction, LDL is part of the protective mechanisms of nerve cells. It helps to maintain balance in the digestive tract, strengthens the immune system and takes an important part in the formation of hormones. However, when the ‘bad’ cholesterol levels rise, the excess sticks to the walls of the blood arteries. This deprives them of elasticity, the lumen becomes narrow and interferes with the normal movement of blood. Atherosclerosis and associated disorders, including ED, may develop.
Causes of cholesterol imbalance include:
- hereditary factors
- improper diet
- chronic stress
- bad habits
- sedentary lifestyle
- liver and biliary tract diseases
- endocrine disorders
- use of certain drugs
Cholesterol itself is not ‘bad’, but when its proportions are disrupted, malfunctions occur. Everything needs a balance. When it comes to health, this is especially important.
‘Bad’ Cholesterol and Erectile Dysfunction
Experts consider weak potency a symptom of severe disorders in different body systems. ED means the process of achieving an erection and maintaining it for intercourse is disrupted. It may coexist with premature ejaculation.
Erectile dysfunction develops as a result of a deterioration of supplying blood to the penis. The most common cause is atherosclerosis, which disrupts the flow of blood to the cavernous arteries. One big cholesterol plaque is able to block the lumen of the penile artery, the diameter of which is only 2 mm. Age-related changes also negatively affect the elasticity of blood vessels and smooth muscles. Diseases of internal organs only exacerbate these changes. Therefore, so many men after 40 experience difficulties with potency.
An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure
It has long been known that it is easier to prevent the development of a disease than to treat or cure it. Erectile dysfunction is no exception. Knowing the reasons for its occurrence, you can avoid risk and maintain your masculine well-being for a long time.
Men after 30 need to be examined by specialists from time to time and treat the detected disorders in a timely manner. But the most reliable way to avoid the development of erectile dysfunction is a healthy lifestyle. Sport will help to keep fit for many years.
Say, nicotine reduces the lumen of blood vessels and can lead to clog formation. Quitting smoking will save a man from many problems. Even small doses of alcohol significantly affect libido. Stimulants, antidepressants and steroids have a destructive effect on the cardiovascular and central nervous systems and provoke problems with erection. It is also necessary to reduce the amount of stress in everyday life. A proper diet can not only prevent the development of atherosclerosis and impotence, but also reduce the content of ‘bad’ cholesterol.
First and foremost, it is necessary to partially or completely abandon consumption of some goodies:
- products which contain a lot of saturated fats, including red meat, palm, coconut and cocoa butter
- trans fats (confectionery and pastries, margarine, fast food)
- foods high in carbohydrates and sugar
- salt (it can be bad for blood pressure, but when it comes to cholesterol, there is some evidence that reduced-salt diets can be linked to elevated levels of blood cholesterol)
For problems with erection, nutritionists advise the Mediterranean diet, which features a large number of products that positively influence cholesterol levels:
- fish and seafood rich in Omega-3
- lean meat
- whole grain products
- fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits, which are rich in dietary fiber
- dried fruits, saturated with calcium, for instance, dried figs
- nuts (Omega-3 source)
- skim dairy products
- various vegetable oils
Dill, apples, artichokes, avocados, and some beekeeping products are especially helpful with atherosclerosis.
The development of erectile dysfunction is a sure sign of growing problems in the cardiovascular system, which means that this is a good reason to consult a doctor. The sooner treatment and lifestyle changes begin, the better.