What men can do to maintain a healthy sex life

Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt is a urologist and robotic surgeon with Orlando Health and an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine.

CNN — Chronic stress, poor diet, lack of exercise and other lifestyle factors can significantly affect your sexual health.

The effects of high stress

Whether as a result of personal problems or trouble at work, chronic stress is a major contributor to reduced libido and erectile dysfunction.

With stress, the body produces elevated levels of cortisol, a hormone that can interfere with testosterone production.

Studies have shown that men with emotional problems or stress are more likely to experience sexual dysfunction in the form of either premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction and/or low sexual desire.

It’s crucial to incorporate stress-reducing activities into your daily routine: regular exercise, meditation, proper sleep and hobbies that you enjoy.

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“To put it simply, the more fast food you eat, the faster you will lose your sex life.”

Seeking professional help from a therapist can also provide effective coping strategies.

What you eat

Poor eating habits can lead to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular issues, all of which can adversely affect sexual function. Research indicates that men with a waist circumference over 40 inches are at higher risk of metabolic syndrome, which is linked to erectile dysfunction.

Adopting a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains can make a substantial difference. Limiting alcohol intake and avoiding ultraprocessed foods can further enhance your sexual health.

How you move

Lack of physical activity is detrimental to heart health, which is crucial for maintaining sexual function. Regular exercise helps improve blood flow, which is essential for achieving and maintaining an erection.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, along with strength training exercises, to keep your body in top shape.

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Studies suggest that men who exercise regularly report improved erectile function compared with inactive men.

How you sleep

Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, can severely affect testosterone levels and lead to sexual dysfunction. A study found that men with severe sleep apnea had significantly lower testosterone levels compared with those without the condition …



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