Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sex Ed: ED Omens
Over the last few decades, coining chronological phrases that seem to turn back the hands of time have become popular barroom banter. Fifty is the new 40, 40 is the new 30 and so on. But the reality for a great many Americans is that 40 has become the new 60.
It is a gradual process, though. When you’re in your mid-20s, you eat, drink and possibly even smoke to your heart’s content. It is then, though, that you can begin to build a foundation for what could become a disastrous future in terms of health. To compound matters, you probably have no interest in taking advice from the ancient over-40 crowd.
You might not want to pass up the opportunity to learn from your elders, though. In fact, all you have to do is look at the potbellies, smoking-induced age lines and other unsightly anomalies of many of these mid-lifers to see where you don’t want to end up. However, there is another ominous sign many of these guys are carrying around that you’ll never see. It is not that uncommon for the barhopping, chain-smoking borderline baby boomer to be experiencing the first signs of erectile dysfunction (ED). The problem is you can’t see it, and it’s highly doubtful he’s going to be talking about it.
Smoking in particular can pose a death threat to your dick. That’s because the microscopic peripheral arteries and the tissues they serve throughout your body are denied oxygen from chemicals in the tobacco. The health and continuing growth of these arteries are critical to your well-being, but they are especially vital for the physical condition of your penis.
When the tiny arteries that deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to penile tissues are blocked from working properly, organic erectile dysfunction occurs. As a result, nerves within the penis are not healthy, smooth muscle tissues become weakened and veins that ordinarily drain toxins from the tissues are drastically impacted. The fact is that every one of these arteries, veins, nerves and muscles are crucial for producing a good erection.
So, while smoking in and of itself is certainly bad enough to send your erectile efforts southward, imagine the impact of adding lack of exercise, drug abuse, poor diet and excessive alcohol to the picture. All of these factors compound the physical attack on your body.
If you’re still young and sex is important to you, trust me, that isn’t going to change. As you cross the mid-life threshold and beyond, it’s likely that your libido won’t diminish much. Make sure you make the right decisions today, because the last thing you want is a ‘failure to launch’ when nature calls for an erotic tryst.