Exercise to treat erectile dysfunction 

Q: I'm developing problems in the bedroom department. I know there are pills for that, but I don't want to take them. Help! — Joshua T., Memphis, Tenn.

A: The advent of medications to help overcome erectile dysfunction has been an enormous help to many couples who found that sexual problems were damaging their relationship. However, Around 80 percent of the time, erectile problems are a result of cardiovascular blockage in the small arteries that take blood to and the veins that move blood from your genital area. But there's often a lot you can do to prevent or even reverse ED without medications. That's great news for you and the more than 30 million men in North American with ED, especially since only about a quarter of them are getting treatment.

The sooner you take action, the better. Guys with ED have a 62 percent increased risk of heart attack — often within three to five years of the first signs of erectile problems. Here are a couple of suggestions to help you avoid serious damage to your heart and circulatory system. The first step is to take a look at your eating habits. A new study reveals that ED is associated with the typical Western diet, which often contains 45 percent saturated fat, 40 percent simple carbs and lots of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids (in soy, sunflower, corn, cottonseed, safflower and mixed vegetable oils), as well as tons of added sugar. But a radical diet-ectomy (no trans- or saturated fats, no grains that aren't 100 percent whole, and no added sugars or syrups) along with regular aerobic activity five days a week done with varying intensity, can give you the get-up-and-go that you're afraid is going, going, gone.

Don't wait. Your health and happiness depend on you taking action now. But the fact that you asked the question means you have what it takes to do this! You get a do-over; take advantage of that — and enjoy!

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