Yep that’s right….we are going to talk about Erectile Dysfunction today. It may seem a little strange, but this is a serious issue I have been wanting to write about for awhile now! So, learn why you need to get fit to get it up!
In the fitness industry, we often refer to “E.D.” aka Erectile Dysfunction as Early Death aka “E.D”.
Although there are many causes for Erectile Dysfunction, it definitely indicates something is wrong and in many situations, can be a symptom of some other very serious health issues.
If all the equipment is working correctly, when a guy gets turned on, his brain will send a message through the nervous system down the spinal cord to his penis. This message will result in a dilation of his blood vessels allowing blood to flow freely into the penis causing the penis to become hard and ready for sexual intercourse.
A number of issues can negatively affect the process and a man’s ability to be ready for intercourse:
First, there could be issues with sexual arousal and a reduced libido. This can surface due to depression, stress, anxiety of other mental health issues. And obviously, if there are relationship problems, it may reduce a man’s ability to become sexually excited for his partner.
Impaired Blood Flow
Second, since an erection requires strong blood flow, any issues that have compromised the blood vessels and the flow of blood in the body can negatively affect the ability or strength of an erection. For example, any form of cardiovascular disease can compromise a man’s ability to form an erection including heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, clogged blood vessels (Atherosclerosis), obesity, and metabolic syndrome. These are some of the most common causes of E.D.
Nervous System Issues
Third, an erection cannot occur without a message from the nervous system so any issues that have affected the strength of the message from the brain to the penis can cause erectile dysfunction. For example, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s can lead to Erectile Dysfunction.
Diabetes and Kidney Disease
Can negatively affect your blood vessels and nervous system and can lead to E.D.
A man’s sex drive is fueled by Testosterone and other hormones so any hormonal imbalance can reduce a man’s sexual appetite.
Surgery, Medication & Drugs
Certain surgeries or injury that have affected the pelvis area and spinal cord and medications, and drug, cigarettes or alcohol abuse can negatively affect blood vessels and blood flow.
Low Fitness Level
Low fitness levels can stifle your energy and dampen your sex drive as well as cause many of the lifestyle-related diseases listed above.
If you are not sleeping well, your energy levels can be affected and your desire for sexual intercourse can be reduced.
And often, a vicious cycle with erectile dysfunction can surface. For example, you might have experienced a minor condition that reduces your ability to achieve or maintain an erection and that can cause anxiety or depression. And then this anxiety and/or depression can worsen the issue causing you stress and lack of sleep which can make E.D. even worse.
I’m not a doctor and I don’t expect any of you to override any of your physician’s advice and in fact, if you are having issues with your ability to gain an erection, please go see your doctor immediately! But when I review this list, it seems so obvious to me that most of these causes of Erectile Dysfunction can either be positively or negatively affected by your lifestyle choices. If I was a guy and someone told me that if you don’t take care of yourself, exercise and eat well, you may lose your ability to have sex, I would probably listen up real close! Guys typically love sex, right?! So wouldn’t this be an incredibly motivating, compelling reason to start taking action towards your fitness goals? Perhaps that should be the new motto for the fitness industry that actually resonates with guys– Get Fit & Have Sex.
So guys, if you can’t get it up, get it up off the couch!!!
Yours in health & fitness,