The inability to function sexually can be embarrassing to a man. No question.
There are many stigmas tied to a man’s manliness and his ability to rise to the occasion.
While sexual function is important for the quality of life, erectile dysfunction can be a signed of a more deadly problem, like a heart attack
The penis is a barometer to a man’s health.
When a man comes to my clinic, reporting no penile erection for three months or longer, red-flags go up in my head.
The first question I think about is: “Is there a heart attack developing here?”
Research shows a Strong Connection between Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Problems
More than half of men over 50 and more than two-thirds of men over 70 have ED.
A review article in the European Heart Journal showed that ED has a strong connection to heart disease.
In patients who had ED;
• Cardiovascular events were 44% more common
• Death from a heart problem rose by 19%
• A heart attack was 62% more likely in patients
• Cerebrovascular events (such as stroke) were 39% more likely
• All-cause mortality was 25% more likely.
What connects the heart to the penis?
Your blood vessels and a chemical called nitric oxide is the connection.
Let me explain…
Nitric Oxide (NO) is mainly responsible for widening the arteries during physical activity, but it also helps bring blood flow to the male organ during sexual intercourse – It opens the arteries in the penis so that blood can flow in and cause an erection.
Without NO, the arteries don’t expand as they usually would. Plaque ends up forming in the walls of the arteries – if it happens in the small arteries of the penis, it blocks blood flow there. It plaques form in the blood vessels of the heart or brain it causes a heart attack or stroke.
What’s different about the penis, though, is that you can easily see whether or not it’s working. (It’s harder to look inside the arteries of the heart.)
And since erections depend on healthy arteries, an erect penis is an excellent marker of a healthy cardiovascular system.
What’s the Takeaway?
The inability to get an erection is a common problem, but it is not normal.
(One exception where it might be normal is in men after prostate cancer treatment)
Because of the strong links between erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular problems, and the perhaps stronger links between cardiovascular health, diet, and exercise, I see the penis as a kind of barometer to a man’s health.
When the fluid transport systems in the body are clicking in all cylinders (pun, haha), erections naturally occur.
But…when arteries are hard and clogged by an unhealthy lifestyle, the arteries in the penis take a hit just as much as the arteries in the heart and erections don’t happen.
So, how many erections should you be getting?
What’s a “day in the life” of a healthy penis?
A healthy man should experience three to four-morning erections a week.
(I know, I know, many of you are falling behind here)
Also, it should not be difficult to gain an erection leading up to sexual activity.
Of course, there’s no need to panic when the organ does not want to cooperate here and there. Stress is a significant cause of ED.
But that should be the exception, not the rule.
The Bottom Line
First, frequent and regular erections are a sign of good cardiovascular health. This such link does not apply for men who have undergone prostate cancer treatment like surgery or radiation.
Keep in mind, though, that ED is not always a sign of a heart problem; it can be caused by anxiety, fear, discomfort, or other psychological challenges.
But if psychological issues are not your problem, and you have gone three months without a woody, then I’d advise taking a look at your lifestyle.
Take a closer look at your lifestyle. Avoid or resolve metabolic syndrome by changing your diet, exercising, and taking useful dietary supplements.
Get out and exercise. Cut out processed foods from your diet. To make sure your body produces enough NO, get some extra L-Arginine from animal protein and nuts. Better yet, consider L-Citrulline, which is a nutrient that makes more L-Arginine in the body, produces more NO and has shown to help with sexual function. Eating pomegranate and taking Resveratrol can help with endothelial dysfunction.
A supplement that seems to work well for men with mild to moderate sexual issue is XYVGGR. (In full disclosure, XYVGGR is my formulation)
XYVGGR has been clinically tested to help many men improve blood flow and support blood vessel health.
Lastly, it is all-important, exercise, eating well, and the right supplement regimen. Don’t be foolish and choose one over the other.
The name of the game is synergism to improve sexual vitality.