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Erectile dysfunction (ED), also called impotence, is the type of sexual dysfunction in which the penis fails to become or stay erect during sexual activity. Treatment involves addressing the underlying causes, lifestyle modifications and as it is popular said, prevention is much cheaper and better than cure.

Studies have shown that 35-75 percent of men with high blood sugar will go on to develop erectile dysfunction. They will also tend to develop erectile dysfunction some 10-15 years earlier than men without high blood sugar. This has to do with your circulation and nervous system. High blood sugar can cause erectile dysfunction because it can damage the blood supply to the penis and the nerves that control an erection.

When a man becomes sexually aroused, a chemical called nitric oxide is released into his bloodstream. This nitric oxide tells the arteries and the muscles in the penis to relax, which allows more blood to flow into the penis. This gives the man an erection. When their blood sugar levels get too high, less nitric oxide is produced. This can mean that there is not enough blood flowing into the penis to get or keep an erection. Low levels of nitric oxide are often found in those with high blood sugar.

Sugar can also affect the levels of testosterone in men. Decreased testosterone levels will directly impact your libido. Pair this with high blood pressure, heart disease and low testosterone levels, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

Think it’ll never happen to you?

Studies have shown that up to 75 per cent of men suffering from high blood sugar will experience issues in the trouser department over the course of their lifetime, according to Diabetes UK. Cutting sugar from your diet is no piece of cake. But if you’re concerned about your performance under the sheets, it’s worth taking some steps to slash your intake of the sweet stuff.

Here are some lifestyle changes to prevent high blood sugar thereby preventing erectile dysfunction:-

  • Eating a healthy and exercise:

Better sex starts in the kitchen. Keep your eating clean and consistent throughout the day to maintain your sex drive and your energy to have more sex. Studies also suggest that men who changed their diet to one low in saturated fat, high in fibre, low in calories and has low glycemic index and also did moderate physical activity each week were able to improve their erectile function without prescription drugs.

  • Weight loss:

Some studies show that even small weight loss can improve erectile function and sexual desire in men with high blood sugar.

On a final note:-

Think of your body as a machine. You need to give it fuel in order to keep it running. Take this a step further and imagine your body is a really, really expensive machine that has SEX and if you put the shitty discount gasoline in it, you’ll mess the whole thing up.

Each meal should be balanced and evenly spaced throughout the day in order to maintain a consistent energy level. Removing or reducing sugar intake will allow you to feel balanced throughout the day and will remove the chemical reaction in your body which results in decreased testosterone and increased stress.

Is sugar really worth it to you? Do you want to have LESS SEX because you wanted candy? Priorities, people!