Most men think it’s a complicated task to overcome ED and even that it’s incurable.
Many try strong medications or hormonal therapies with horrendous side effects.
It may therefore come as a surprise to you how simple and effective the method is that was proven in a new study published in JAMA Network Open.
It has no side effects other than lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improved blood sugar levels, and other health markers. Plus, of course, drastically increased stamina.
ED and cardiovascular disease share many of the same risk factors, namely, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a lack of exercise, sedentary habits, obesity, and smoking.
In fact, the authors of the new study point to some previous studies that show that ED can be used to predict future cases of cardiovascular disease.
We already know that healthy dieting is one of the most effective recommendations against cardiovascular disease, so the researchers wondered whether it worked for ED too. After all, it is difficult to motivate men to adopt a healthy diet to address some potential future heart disease, but if you tell them to do so to prevent or treat ED, they might just be motivated enough.
They obtained their data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, which ran between 1998 and 2014. The subjects were 21,469 male health professionals who were between ages 40 and 75 in 1998 and who did not have ED, diabetes, or heart disease at the beginning of the study.
They were given food frequency questionnaires every four years to establish their food and nutrient intake. The authors of this study then used a Mediterranean diet score and the Alternative Healthy Eating Index 2010 score to rank them according to the health of their diets.
The subjects were also given questionnaires every four years to assess their levels of ED.
During the follow-up period, there were 968 ED cases among men younger than 60, 3,703 cases among men aged between 60 and 70, and 4,793 cases among men aged 70 and older.
For men younger than 60, those with the highest Mediterranean diet scores were 22% less likely to develop ED than men with the lowest Mediterranean diet scores.
For the men between ages 60 and 70, the highest Mediterranean diet score cut down their risk of ED by 18%, and for those over 70, by 7%.
The Alternative Healthy Eating Index 2010 also cut ED risk, especially for men below 60, where it reduced their risk by 22%.
These two diets are relatively similar.
The Mediterranean diet includes plenty of whole grains, legumes, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Its intake of red meat, poultry, dairy products, and eggs is relatively low, while refined grains are almost completely excluded.
The Alternative Healthy Eating Index 2010 rewards you for eating healthy foods, which it defines as fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, fish, and polyunsaturated fats, while subtracting points for eating unhealthy foods, which it identifies as refined grains, sugar-sweetened beverages, red and processed meat, trans fat, and sodium.