Now, most people are aware of how fantastic low cholesterol is if you wish to avoid heart disease or at least reduce the risk of it. However, did you know that low cholesterol can also have a huge impact on other areas of your life? On this page, we are going to take a closer look at how low cholesterol benefits erectile dysfunction. All of the information on this page can be backed up by numerous pieces of evidence. In fact, you will be surprised at just how much research has gone into the impact that cholesterol has on erections.
How Erections Happen
Now, we all know how the penis gets erect, right? It is basic knowledge that blood flows into the penis and it becomes hard. When you lose your erection, blood flows out of it. In short, the success of an erection is based on blood flow in and out of the penis. If blood flow is not adequate, you will not get an erection, or at least it will not be as strong as you may have liked.
Cholesterol And Erections
High cholesterol stops the arteries in your penis from relaxing. If the arteries in your veins are unable to properly relax, you will find that your erections will become pretty weak. The arteries are going to be incredibly stiff. As you may well know, cholesterol causes plaque buildup in the arteries. This makes them hard, which in turn makes it nearly impossible for blood to flow through the arteries freely. This is what leads to heart disease. It is also, incidentally, what leads to erectile dysfunction in many cases.
Another reason as to why cholesterol may have a huge impact on the hardness of the penis is due to the dilation of the blood vessels. As you may well know, it is the blood vessels in your penis which fill up with blood when you get an erection. They tend to expand rather large, too. However, if there is a high amount of cholesterol floating around your body, the amount of blood that the blood vessels in your body can hold will be greatly reduced, which means that not as much blood will be getting into the penis. This is going to result in penises which are either 1) not very erect or 2) not erect at all.
One study showed that men with over 240mg of cholesterol per deciliter of blood were 1.83 times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction or impotence. This study also demonstrated that the more cholesterol there was floating around the body, the higher their chances were of suffering from erectile dysfunction. Basically, if you eat unhealthy food on a fairly regular basis or are overweight, you already know exactly what is causing your impotence—a high amount of cholesterol in your body. This means that you are going to need to work hard on bringing it down.
High Cholesterol Treatments
Recent evidence seems to suggest that those who take medication to lower their cholesterol actually find that they also end up with bigger and stronger erections. Remember, the vast majority of people who will actually need this type of medication are older men. Older men are also the people who are much more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. Now, it is obviously going to be nearly impossible to get your doctor to prescribe you medication that will lower the cholesterol in your body unless there is a genuine need for it.
You probably won’t want to take the medication anyway. They have some rather severe side effects and thus should be avoided unless it is absolutely necessary that you use them. Your doctor will certainly not prescribe them to you if the only issue you are having is erectile dysfunction. Thankfully, not all hope is lost. You can still lower the cholesterol in your body, and it is going to be safer to go down the route that I am going to suggest too, and if you live in a country where health care is not subsidized, it will be far cheaper too!
The best alternative is a healthy diet. The vast majority of people who suffer from high cholesterol tend to consume fatty products day in and day out. If you can reduce your intake of unhealthy foods to a moderate level, or better yet cut them out of your diet completely, you will see a significant drop in the level of cholesterol in your body. Yes, this will be a slow process, but it will happen. As the cholesterol levels in your body start to plummet, you will find that your body will start to repair some of the damage that has been caused over the years.
Sure, it will not be able to repair absolutely everything. However, for most men, the cholesterol should start to clear up enough for blood to flow in and out of the penis fairly easily. Most men will notice that they are able to enjoy improved erections within a few weeks or at the most within a few months.
There are plenty of guides available online that discuss lowering cholesterol in your body. Any of the guides which have been written for those looking to avoid heart disease and the like should be fine. Generally speaking, the vast majority of these guides will focus on eating fruits, vegetables, and lean meats such as chicken. If you are looking to lower the amount of cholesterol in your body, you will not only be enjoying better erections, but you will also be drastically cutting down on your unhealthy lifestyle and lowering the risk of a premature death due to heart disease, so it is worth going down this route and sticking to it, even when your penis is getting better again.
Aim for a total cholesterol level below 150. If you can do that and you continue to eat healthy, your body will unclog those arteries for good.