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How To Prevent Erectile Dysfunction

Because most cases of erectile dysfunction are the result of physical problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, the best method for how to prevent erectile dysfunction is to take great care of your body. In this video, Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher shares some tips on how to prevent erectile dysfunction by keeping a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Knoepflmacher explains that occasional bouts of erectile dysfunction are common, but will usually go away if you follow these guidelines for a healthy lifestyle. Keeping your body healthy can prevent erectile dysfunction from becoming a problem for you. 

Tips for how to prevent erectile dysfunction include limiting or avoiding alcohol and recreational drugs. Quit smoking, as smoking damages your blood vessels and causes circulation problems. Good circulation is a vital part of an erection. Exercise regularly, since this will help keep you at a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure. Reduce stress. Stress affects your entire body, from your mind to your muscles and your blood vessels, so stress can definitely play a role in erectile dysfunction. Be sure to get enough sleep, and seek treatment if you suffer from anxiety or depression. See your doctor for regular checkups. Following these tips for a healthy lifestyle can also help prevent erectile dysfunction 

If erectile dysfunction lasts longer than two months or is a recurring problem, talk to your doctor about it. Your doctor may ask about your health history, stress level and everyday life. He or she may also order a blood test to check your hormone levels and rule out any other medical problems. 

Getting help starts with you. Talk to your doctor and begin the conversation. Learn more about your options in our segment on treatments for erectile dysfunction. 

 

Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher

This video features Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher. Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine

Duration: 01:31 Last Updated On: 2015-12-03 Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, Dr. Holly Atkinson, Dr. Supriya Jain Review date: August 22, 2012
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