Cholesterol and Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is generally defined as a consistent and recurrent failure in attaining and/or maintaining an erection during sexual intercourse for at least 3 months. ED affects men of almost all ages but it is more common in older men. Factors that may cause ED are numerous - ranging from diabetes, neurological conditions, side effects of certain medicines, mental health issues, to heart conditions. Atherosclerosis is a cardiac condition that can cause ED by clogging blood vessels. High cholesterol levels and high blood pressure are also possible reasons for ED. In fact, erectile dysfunction often is a symptom of an underlying heart problem. If your ED has no other obvious causes like anxiety or trauma then your doctor may check for cardiac conditions. This is because the clogging of blood vessels present in the smooth muscles of the penis may cause ED.
Can lowering my blood cholesterol level be a cure for erectile dysfunction?
As noted above, Atherosclerosis can be a factor for ED and cholesterol can cause Atherosclerosis, therefore, it may cause ED. Further, high cholesterol levels can interfere with the release of hormones/ chemicals in the body that are essential for causing penile erection like nitric oxide (NO). There is also a direct link between ED and hypercholesterolemia. And although the link is yet to be fully explored, some researchers have used cholesterol-lowering medications to treat ED. Statins are used to lower cholesterol levels and there is some evidence that they can help improve ED where the only causal factor is cholesterol. However, some researchers were of the opinion that better erectile function was a result of better endothelium (the inner surface of the blood vessels) and not of the lowering of cholesterol. Later, another study showed benefits of statin for ED patients. But a separate study contradicted the above claims and concluded that intake of statin tends to induce or worsen ED. All in all, the research on the connection between ED and cholesterol level has been a mixed bag so far.
So, if you are planning to take any cholesterol-lowering drug, you should consult your doctor first. One may take statin with other traditional ED drugs like Aurogra 100 mg to get better results. But medicines aren’t the only way of maintaining a healthy cholesterol level, there are also some organic ways of achieving that.
How to keep a balanced cholesterol level naturally?
- Diet is probably one of the most important things when it comes to curing/ managing any disease. Though usually eating high-cholesterol food won’t increase your blood cholesterol levels, the food can affect your ED problem. Eating a Mediterranean diet is often recommended to ED patients. It includes fruits, vegetables, seafood, nuts, whole grains, and healthy fat. Other than this, you should also consume sufficient amounts of vitamins A, C, B-complex, and D. Lastly, you should avoid taking trans-fats and saturated fats.
- Maintaining a healthy weight is important because obesity can worsen your ED. For this, you can start exercising at least 3-4 days a week. There are many exercise forms for you to choose from- walking/jogging, aerobics, pilates, Zumba, yoga, etc. Exercising will also increase the testosterone hormone in your body which helps with ED. Additionally, exercising also keeps you physically and mentally healthy.
- Cutting down on your alcohol intake can help lower your cholesterol level because alcohol breaks down to form cholesterol and triglycerides in your body.
Other treatment options for erectile dysfunction
In addition to the above tips for controlling your cholesterol, here are a few other general solutions to manage ED-
- Therapy or counseling (preferably with your partner) is very effective in getting to know ED-related issues better. It can help ease your relationship tensions to some extent.
- Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can benefit ED patients with low testosterone levels.
- Penis pumps can aid you in the bed to keep your penis erect for a longer time, however, it can be a little uncomfortable for some people.
- Taking Silagra 100 mg (or other PDE-5 inhibiting drugs like Viagra and Cialis) helps many men.
- Anxiety and stress can worsen or cause ED, therefore you should keep some kind of stress-busting activity in your daily schedule. It may be anything from journaling, singing, gardening, to traveling.
It is important to know that although cholesterol isn’t usually considered as a direct cause for ED, it may be an indirect contributing factor. High cholesterol can cause Atherosclerosis which can then lead to erectile dysfunction by choking the blood vessels. Even if cholesterol isn’t fully responsible for the erection issues you’re facing, it may have more to do than you think. Consider lowering your blood cholesterol levels by exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a balanced diet. If necessary, you can talk to your doctor about taking statins which will directly lower your cholesterol level. Lastly, continue taking your traditional ED medications (sildenafil citrate, vardenafil, etc) as they’re the most effective solution for ED. Remember, ED is usually a symptom and not the disease itself, treating its underlying cause can treat ED. We recommend a holistic treatment regime to cure ED, talk to your doctor for a customized treatment plan.
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