Men, can we talk? It’s a sensitive subject. But trust me when I say it’s important.
In fact, it’s a matter of life and death.
I’ll start with a question. Do you sometimes have trouble functioning in bed?
If you answered yes, two things. One it’s important that you keep reading. And two you should know you’re in good company.
At least 20 percent of men over the age of 20 have the issue. And it becomes more common as you age.
But what I really want to talk about with you today is actually NORTH of your nether regions.
It’s your heart.
You see, the results of a new study were published earlier this week. And they reveal a startling new risk factor for heart problems.
E.D. sends heart disease risk soaring
Now you already know smoking, high blood pressure, being overweight and not exercising enough can raise your risk for a heart attack.
But now researchers say trouble between the sheets (erectile dysfunction or E.D.) could be a red flag for heart disease too. And we’re not talking about just a blip on the radar here, either.
According to the new research, published in the journal Circulation, if you suffer from E.D. you’re TWICE as likely to have heart disease.
In the study of 1,900 men ages 60 to 78, the guys who had erectile dysfunction were twice as likely as men who didn’t have bedroom issues to…
- have a heart attack
- have a stroke
- die of heart problems
We’ve long suspected there was a connection between impotence and heart disease, of course. Because while they might seem unrelated at first, both conditions at their core are circulation problems.
But we’ve had a chicken or egg problem.
Was E.D. a symptom of heart-linked circulation problems? Or were those troubles between the sheets possibly CONTRIBUTING to heart disease?
E.D. contributes to heart disease risk
Now we know. According to the researchers from Johns Hopkins, E.D. is indeed a contributing factor to heart disease.
The researcher even adjusted all their data to account for other known risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and smoking. And the connection was still clear.
Trouble between the sheets can contribute to trouble with your heart.
So what does all this mean in real life? Well it’s actually a good thing. Because we now know that if you suffer from erectile dysfunction, you need to start getting serious about your heart health.
That means having a frank discussion with your doctor about your bedroom issues. And taking steps to improve your heart health.
If you still smoke, quit. Finally commit to an exercise routine that gets you up and moving most days of the week. Make it something you LIKE to do so you stick with it.
Start eating healthier by lowering the junk carbs and added sugars in your diet. And concentrate on improving your circulation by eating more circulation boosting foods.
4 foods to improve blood circulation
Following are four blood flow boosting foods to try…
Beets are brimming with circulation boosting nitrates. If you have a juicer, you can make fresh beet juice at home. Mix in some carrots to sweeten the juice up and make it tastier, if you like. You can also buy beet juice online and in some grocery stores. Or try cooking some fresh beets instead. I like to toss sweet potatoes, carrots, sweet onions and beets in a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. And then I roast them in the oven.
2. Hot peppers:
That warm all over feeling you get when you eat hot peppers is a hint that they’re circulation friendly. Cayenne peppers help support your blood vessels, keeping them strong but flexible.
Experts say garlic can help relax our blood vessels and improve blood flow. Studies show the delicious spice can help lower blood pressure and may even decrease the risk for heart disease. To get the most out of your garlic mince or crush it at least 10 minutes before using and add to your dishes towards the end of cooking.
4. Pumpkin seeds:
When you snack on delicious pumpkin seeds, you get a double dose of circulation boosting nutrients. The vitamin E in the tasty seeds helps reduce the stickiness of your blood, allowing it to flow more freely. And the acetyl-l-carnitine improves heart function by supporting heart muscle function and possibly lowering cholesterol.
Men ignoring trouble between the sheets could turn out to be a deadly mistake. So don’t. It’s time to take erectile dysfunction, and your risk for heart disease, seriously.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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