Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a men’s health issue where you’re unable to get or obtain an erection for sex, and it can also decrease your sexual desire. ED is a complex health concern with ties to both physical and emotional components. You may have ED as a result of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or obesity, and the emotional component plays in because you may feel stress or anxiety upon a delayed sexual response or inability to get an erection. We listed a couple of physical cause above, and do you know what they all have in common? They can all be prevented through diet and lifestyle changes!

At Charleston Men’s Clinic, we specialize in men’s sexual health and we want to create a safe space to dialogue about ED and help you find a solution for it! Follow along as we explore how your diet can kill your sex life!

There are many pieces that can affect your erection from medications and smoking to a poor diet. Keep below the belt strong and healthy by cleaning up your diet. A poor diet not only affects your body fat percentage, heart health, blood and cholesterol levels, but it also disturbs your energy levels, hormones, and blood flow, which all impact your sex life.

If you suffer from ED, your diet may be complicating your sex life and causing a decline in your libido. Below are the ways your diet could be messing with your erection and making symptoms from ED worse.

Portion Size

Not only does overeating cause an excess of stored energy resulting in fat and weight gain that leads to obesity, but it can cause a spike in insulin resulting in an energy crash later down the road, which may make you too tired to do anything — including sex! Instead of eating a huge meal that kills your libido and negatively affects your ED, eat smaller portion sizes full of protein, vegetables, and very little carbs.

You’re Indulging in Sweets Too Often

Too much sugar is the best way to kill the mood! If you’re dealing with ED and a heart issue, sugar greatly impacts both. Sugar is known for lowering testosterone levels, thus decreasing your sexual desire. Clinical Endocrinology reported from a 2013 study in men aged 19 to 74 who consumed twice the amount of the daily recommended amount of sugar (75 grams), and saw a 25 percent decrease in testosterone after consuming sugar.

Similar to eating a big meal, when you consume an abundance of sugar, you’ll later experience a sugar crash leaving you fatigued and sleepy. An alternative is to steer clear of added and processed sugars, consuming sugar only through fruit.

You’re Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Alcohol can be a much-needed reprieve when you’re trying to relax on a date or impress your crush with your smooth dance moves, but there is a line when it becomes too much. Because alcohol is a depressant it can numb sexual stimulation and affect blood flow to the penis — at the end of the day, your body is more focused on removing the toxin from your body and will always prioritize it over your erection.

Excessive drinking also lowers your testosterone levels while increasing estrogen which decreases your libido and makes it extremely difficult to achieve an orgasm. To avoid the impacts of alcohol, limit your intake as much as possible, with the maximum amount being two drinks per day.

If you’re suffering from ED and have a poor nutrition, chances are, cleaning up your diet will help. Assess you portion sizes, sweets, and alcohol as they all could be killing your sex life!

For more information on how we treat ED at Charleston Men’s Clinic, schedule an appointment today!