How Cholesterol and Erectile Dysfunction
High cholesterol also affects the body’s ability to properly release nitric oxide into the bloodstream. Nitric oxide is needed to allow for the proper relaxation of the penile tissue that leads to the blood flow that creates the erection.
Additionally, high cholesterol is linked to lowered testosterone production. Testosterone is the primary sex hormone in men, controlling sexual drive and desire, and is needed for beginning and maintaining an erection. The testicles produce the body’s testosterone, and high cholesterol limits blood flow to the testicles. As a result, too much cholesterol may damage their ability to produce testosterone, which can lead to ED.
Limit foods with cholesterol – Aim for less than 200mg of cholesterol per day. High cholesterol foods include fatty meats, liver and other organs, egg yolks, and dairy.
Eat plenty of soluble fiber – Fiber prevents cholesterol from being absorbed through the digestive tract. Some high fiber foods include whole grains, oats, fruits such as apples and bananas, and legumes like beans, lentils, and chickpeas.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables – Fruits and vegetables contain compounds that can help lower cholesterol. Plant stanols or sterols work like soluble fiber. Pectin found in fruits can also lower cholesterol up to 10%.
Eat foods with omega-3 fatty acid – While they won’t lower your LDL, they can raise your HDL, which absorbs the cholesterol and carries it back to the liver. Some high omega-3 foods are salmon, tuna, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts and soy beans.
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When to see a Doctor
ED symptoms such as:
the inability to get an erection when you want to have sex, even if you can get an erection at other times
getting an erection, but being unable to maintain it long enough to have sex
the inability to get an erection at all