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How can erectile dysfunction be prevented? - 3rd April 2016

Men can prevent many of the causes of ED by making healthy lifestyle choices, such as being physically active, quitting smoking, and following a healthy diet.

Physical Activity

Physical activity increases blood flow throughout the body, including the penis. Men should talk with a health care provider before starting new activities. Beginners should start slow, with easier activities such as walking at a normal pace or gardening. They can work up to harder activities such as walking briskly or swimming. Men should aim for at least 30 minutes of activity most days of the week.

Quitting Smoking

Smoking is associated with heart and blood vessel disease, which can lead to ED. Even when heart and blood vessel disease and other possible causes of ED are taken into account, smoking still increases the chances that a man will have ED.

Eating, Diet, and Nutrition

To help maintain erectile function, men should eat a healthy diet of whole-grain foods, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy foods, and lean meats. A diet that contributes to being overweight and heart and blood vessel disease can also contribute to ED. Men should avoid foods high in fat and sodium, the main ingredient in salt. They should also avoid drinking too much alcohol or using illegal drugs.

Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health