By Brad Palubicki,
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We all want to be healthy and lead an active and rewarding lifestyle as long as possible. Still, so often, we forget to take good care of ourselves until we notice a problem.
The key to strong sexual health, as well as to good health in general, is being proactive and taking certain measures today in order to foster well being and vitality for years to come. Here are a few simple things you should be doing now that will help you remain in good shape for years to come:
1. Make sure you get enough sleep.
Research indicates that lack of sleep has a significant effect on men’s sexual function. It is during sleep that men’s adrenal gland replenishes the body’s testosterone, which is responsible for libido and sexual performance, among other things. Lack of sleep can also lead to depression and other more serious health complications in the long term.
2. Forget about junk food.
Our busy schedules often force us to forgo proper meals in favor of ready-made frozen dinners, snacks or greasy fast food. While loaded with calories, these items provide little nutrition and do no favors to a man’s erectile function. Bad diet not only lowers male sperm count, but can also cause weight gain, diabetes and heart disease – all of which significantly diminish sexual ability.
3. Always wear a condom.
If you are sexually active and have multiple partners, you should ALWAYS wear a condom for any type of sexual intercourse. With STD rates on the rise, it is very important to test yourself regularly regardless of whether you experience any symptoms.
4. See a doctor regularly.
A recent survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians found that more than 50 percent of the U.S. men haven’t seen their physician in the past year. We often think of doctors as mechanics, who “fix” our bodies when they require repair. This, however, is a very backwards way of looking at things. Health problems start long before we begin to experience any complications. Such health problems as high blood pressure or diabetes may not show any symptoms for a long time, but when they do, it is often too late to prevent the incurred disease.
The earlier we adhere to these simple habits, the higher our chances become to remain in better sexual health as we age. And of course, should you experience any symptoms of erectile dysfunction, don’t hesitate and schedule an appointment with a qualified physician as soon as possible.