Don’t assume you have low testosterone
(CLEVELAND CLINIC) Are problems with your erections or low libido putting a damper on your sex life?
The first step: Talk to your doctor. Your medical practitioner may not bring up this topic, so you need to.
Here are other tips to enjoy an active sex life at any age:
1. Watch your waistline
High blood pressure and cholesterol can cause the vascular problems that lead to trouble with your erections. It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising and keeping your weight down.
Avoiding high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease may lessen the frequency of erection problems — or at least delay their onset.
2. Get your heart checked if needed
What if you already have an established condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes? Pills can still be effective, but your doctor may want to check your heart.
“It’s very important before dispensing these pills that practitioners make sure that heart function is good,” says psychologist Dana Brendza, PsyD. The reason: Problems with erections can indicate other problems, such as significant heart disease.
3. Don’t assume it’s low testosterone
Many experts are concerned too many men are being treated for low testosterone. However, a drop-off in desire can be related to hormones.
For erection issues, it can be helpful to get your testosterone checked. It’s important that your doctor investigate whether you have low testosterone, and if so, why. SEE THE FULL ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND CLINIC.COM. Also of interest: How exercise can improve your sex life