For some individuals, impotence results from unavoidable accidents or injuries. Scientists have also identified certain genetic factors as being instrumental in many of the physical conditions associated with impotence. For all of those men, prevention is beyond their control. Most men, however, do have several options when it comes to preventing dysfunctions such as impotence.

The six tips which follow, while generally recommended as effective means for maintaining good general health, can also help prevent specific problems, including impotence, from ever occurring.

1) Maintain a balanced diet— poor nutrition can result in impotence in several ways. First of all, a diet which is high in salt and fats can promote high blood pressure, and many of the medications used to control hypertension have been linked to impotence. A diet which is high in fats—especially saturated fats and cholesterol—can result in vascular problems which is a major factor in impotence. A diet which includes an excessive carbohydrate intake is a risk factor in diabetes, which is a major cause of impotence.

Experts recommend a diet which emphasizes fish, chicken, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as a means of getting essential nutrients. Such a diet, along with control of the consumption of salt-and sodium-containing foods, can help prevent many of the factors underlying impotence.

2) Maintain your proper weight— excess weight has been shown to be a directly contributing factor in both diabetes and high blood pressure. Thus, proper nutrition requires that you maintain not only a well-balanced diet but control of your total caloric intake as well. When caloric intake is excessive, a buildup of fatty substances can occur within the vascular system, and that can also contribute to impotence.

3) Get regular exercise— just about everyone is well aware that even moderate exercise provides certain health benefits. Many people however are not aware that exercise helps prevent impotence, or that it does so in several ways. A proper exercise program can improve and maintain general cardiovascular fitness, help to lower blood cholesterol levels and promote weight control.

4) Don’t abuse alcohol and/or other harmful drugs— studies suggest a definite link between excessive alcohol consumption and impotence. While an occasional drink by a nonalcoholic individual does not increase the risk of impotence, consumption that regularly exceeds two drinks per day should be a matter of concern.

In the case of controlled substances, the risk of impotence has been shown to be higher in users than that of non-users. Some legal drugs prescribed by physicians have also been linked to impotence. You should ask your doctor about all possible side effects before you take a prescribed medication.

5) Don’t smoke— given the possible cardiovascular consequences of smoking, any man concerned about or interested in preventing impotence would be well- advised not to smoke. While not always possible or practical, it is also a good idea to avoid secondary tobacco smoke and other airborne pollutants whenever possible.

6) Avoid stress— like avoiding exposure to secondary tobacco smoke avoiding stress isn’t always possible, but none-the-less it is an important part of prevention. If you cope with stress by drinking excessively, chain smoking or by overeating, you increase your risk for such diseases as arteriosclerosis, which could lead to impotence.


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