LIFESTYLE

Bad habits like smoking, obesity, alcohol abuse, and lack of exercise are true enemies of sex. These and other factors can lead to the development of various sexual and reproductive dysfunctions and thus undermine a serene and satisfying sexual life, with obvious repercussions on the wellbeing of individuals and couples. It has been widely proven too that persons suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidaemia, overweight and hormonal disorders are more likely to have sexual dysfunctions. Preventing these diseases, their early diagnosis and follow-up by accredited professionals are the keys to achieving and maintaining the principles of good health and sexual life.

The recipe for a healthy sexual life is simple and dictated by common sense. Experts recommend four fundamental rules: First, quit (or don’t start) smoking because it damages blood vessels, which can contribute to the development of erectile dysfunction. Smoking also affects sperm concentration, motility, vitality and morphology. Second, walk at least 30 to 60 minutes a day or run in moderation (ask your doctor or a personal trainer) at least two and a half hours a week because, in addition to improving general wellbeing, physical activity helps prevent erectile dysfunction through beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. Third, do not exaggerate with alcohol. Limit yourself to 7 drinks per week because, in addition to reducing libido, alcohol abuse causes neurological damage that can compromise the mechanisms that culminate in a satisfying erection. And finally, consume the typical Mediterranean diet, eating in a balanced way and incorporating cereals, fruits, vegetables, blue fish, olive oil and white meats.

Suggested readings

  • Maiorino, M.I., Bellastella, G., and Esposito, K., Lifestyle modifications and erectile dysfunction: what can be expected? Asian Journal of Andrology (2015) 17, 515.
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