to a new study, healthier men, no matter their age, have better
sex more frequently and desire it more often than healthier women
– and a healthier sex life could mean a longer life.
findings have wide implication for attitudes toward public health
and how patients respond to doctors’ advice. If a doctor tells
a man diagnosed with diabetes or high blood pressure that losing
weight could mean five extra years of sex life, that could be
a powerful incentive.
men by an average of five to six years and without a partner,
women are less likely to engage in sex. Also, while there is a
cultural acceptance for drugs such as Viagra for men, this is
not necessarily the case for women.
sex cannot be underestimated as a factor for reducing stress,
bolstering self-esteem, and fostering feelings of intimacy and
bonding between partners. But the real point of this article
is really the fact that a healthy sex life can provide for a
longer, healthier, and most would agree, more enjoyable, life.
study, published in 1997, tracked the overall health
with sexual frequency and the mortality of roughly 1,000
middle-aged men over the course of a decade. Interestingly,
men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm experienced
half the death rate.
have also correlated frequency of sex with:
improved sense of smell
reduced risk of heart disease
loss and overall fitness
colds and flu
study, which examined the relation between health and several
dimensions of sexuality, concluded:
activity, good quality sexual life, and interest in sex were
higher for men than for women and this gender gap widened
with age. Sexual activity, quality of sexual life, and interest
in sex were positively associated with health in middle age
and later life.
active life expectancy was longer for men, but men lost more
years of sexually active life as a result of poor health than
as this CNN report might seem, I think lead researcher, Dr.
Tessler Lindau, could be onto something when she says,
the paper’s findings have wider implication for attitudes
toward public health and how patients respond to doctors’
you are a man diagnosed with diabetes or high blood pressure
and I tell you that you need to lose weight and take medication,
and I can say the benefit is five extra years of sex life,
you might be more inclined to do what I tell you.
most of you will realize that taking medication for diabetes
and high blood pressure is not in your best long-term interest,
and is more likely to take years off your life than add to it,
but overall, isn't it great to know that optimizing your health
could have a major impact on your sex life, well into old age?
researchers found that men who were in very good or excellent
health at the age of 55 gained an average of five to seven years
of sexually active life compared with men who had poorer health.
a man's health appears to have a greater impact on the quality
and quantity of his sex life than women, women too were found
to gain 3–6 years of quality sex life by staying healthy.
the discrepancy between men and women in this respect may be
the availability of libido enhancing drugs, such as Viagra,
which are now sold and used by men of all ages without much
stigma attached to them.
sexual dysfunction, on the other hand, is still a largely ignored
with Potency Pills and Impotence Drugs
so many other drugs, many people turn to sexual enhancement
drugs looking for a magic pill. But here too we find that the
lure of a quick fix is little more than a mirage. There are
instances where the erectile dysfunction (ED) has a mechanical
or chemical component where a drug or surgical procedure might
be helpful, but in most cases, other much simpler factors are
you need to remember that the erection really begins in the
man's brain. (Ditto for women, by the way.)
Your brain stem emits nerve impulses that control erectile function.
These nerve impulses navigate through the erection center of
your spinal column to the erectile tissue of your penis, where
they trigger a chain reaction in the membranes of your vascular
muscle cells. This sophisticated chain reaction is dependent
on a messenger molecule called cyclic guanosine monophosphate,
However, this works in reverse as well; an erection softens
as soon as another enzyme called phosphodiesterase starts to
degrade the cGMP molecules.
Drugs like Viagra,
Levitra and Cialis, work by inhibiting phosphodiesterase and
increasing nitric oxide production, which may help maintain
erections. But, these pills will not create an erection in and
erection still has to be triggered psychologically. Without
that initial impetus, potency pills will have no effect whatsoever.
these drugs, like most others, come with a slew of potentially
dangerous side effects, such as:
these side effects clearly do not contribute to a long, healthy
life! Nor would they entice you into romantic play.
done your homework, you'll find that it's becoming more and
more evident that erectile dysfunction are merely a symptom
of an unhealthy lifestyle, and no amount of drugs can
there are a number of lifestyle choices that can contribute
to restoring healthy sexual function, and as for potency pills,
there are alternatives that are far safer than Viagra.
Panax ginseng and Maca root have been used for centuries as
libido-boosting tonics. And the amino acid L-arginine has a
beneficial influence on blood vessel health, which indirectly
can benefit erectile dysfunction by improving cardiovascular
have actually determined that heart disease underlies some forms
of erectile dysfunction. Among men with heart disease, 75 percent
also have problems with erections. In fact, impotence can be
an early warning sign of coronary artery disease,
since the penis is more sensitive to slow-downs in blood flow
than the heart is.
men with high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes
and smoking are substantially more likely to have trouble getting
fits your description, you'll want to continue reading, as the
lifestyle changes I will discuss at the end of this article
will help you address these health problems as well.
let's get back to safer, more natural drug alternatives, such
to help with erectile dysfunction by enhancing the
action of nitric oxide, which in turn helps relax your blood
vessels, including those supplying blood to your penis. As blood
vessels in your penis dilate, it increases blood flow, which
helps maintain an erection. (This is also how drugs like Viagra
it's important to realize that L-arginine is not a magic potion
in and of itself either.
have found its effectiveness alone is on par with a placebo.
But several studies have concluded that L-arginine in combination
with other herbs is a remarkably effective treatment for mild
to moderate ED.
with yohimbine, it's also been found to increase
sexual arousal in postmenopausal women with sexual arousal disorder.
combined with pycnogenol (a plant extract from the bark
of a French maritime pine tree) provided u201Csignificant improvement
in sexual function in men with ED without any side effects,u201D
according to the researchers of one study.
combination of 6 grams of L-arginine
with 6 mg yohimbine was found to be u201Ca promising addition to
first-line therapy for ED,u201D according to a pilot study published
in the journal European Urology.
that could be worthwhile are choline and vitamin B5.
that triggers that sexual messages in your brain, whether you're
male or female, is acetylcholine (ACH). With too little ACH,
sexual activity goes down. One way to safely and effectively
enhance your ACH levels is to take choline
supplements (1,000–3,000 mg) and vitamin B5 (500–1,500
Choices that Can Make or Break Your Sex Life
Viagra is really unnecessary in a vast majority of men if they:
in adequate physical activity
an adequate amount of sleep
medications, many of which can cause or exacerbate impotence
smoking and excessive drinking
sense will tell you that exercise
may ward off impotence for the same reasons it can prevent
heart attacks – by keeping blood vessels clear. In one
large, long-term study, researchers found that men who burned
at least 200 calories a day through exercise were less likely
than inactive men to become impotent.
just like most things in medicine the best u201Ccureu201D for erectile
dysfunction is prevention. Don't just accept the notion that
erectile dysfunction is a u201Cnormal part of aging,u201D and that you
need a drug to keep going.
take a look at your habits, and incorporate the following healthy
lifestyle changes to enjoy a healthy sex life for as long as
program – Remember, when using exercise
as a drug, it is important to set a goal of 60 to 90 minutes
per day, every day. Obviously, depending on your current condition,
you may need to work slowly up to this level.
your diet based on your body’s unique nutritional
type — Everyone has a unique nutritional type
and each type demands varying ratios of macronutrients (fats,
proteins and carbohydrates) to function optimally.
your insulin levels, as this simple measure has
a profound influence on every area of your health, including
your sex life. This means severely limiting your sugar intake,
especially fructose. For more information on how fructose
wrecks your insulin sensitivity, please see this previous
your emotions by learning the Emotional
Freedom Technique/Meridian Tapping Technique (EFT/MTT).
It's a proven energy psychology tool we use daily in my clinic.
EFT/MTT is a simple acupressure technique that can help you
effectively address your stress-related thoughts and leave
you feeling calmer and more able to face your challenges.
your vitamin D levels as this nutrient is essential
for optimal expression of some 2,000 genes in your body, which
has an effect on countless diseases and ailments. Vitamin
D deficiency is also associated with cardiovascular disease.