The Highs and Lows of Life: A Middle-Aged Man Can’t Get Hard Because of Cholesterol

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By Jean Dohm Conditions: Men's Impotence Causes: high cholesterol Age: 36 - 55

He describes his erections as similar to a man twice his age – they’re weak and don’t last. Because of this, he can’t have sex. High cholesterol is to blame, especially given his lifelong habit of eating meat and potatoes. He’ll change his habits if someone will only offer some advice.

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It’s getting harder and harder for me to have sex. Although I’m only 42, my erections are like a 90-year old man’s. They’re floppy, like my penis is undecided about what it should do, and I orgasm soon after intercourse starts. I need and want sex, but I just can’t perform. I have another health issue you also need to know of: my cholesterol is high. I was raised on a diet of meat and potatoes, a lifestyle that’s stayed with me even to now. I’m willing to change my habits but just need guidance in the right direction. Thanks.


It sounds like you were raised the way most kids of the 1970s and 80s were – with simple diets that bypassed trends and ensured full stomach. Some people today contend the meat and potato diet is best, and maybe they’re right. But certain foods are known to raise cholesterol in certain people, and red meat is one of those foods.
In talking about high cholesterol, it’s necessary to mention the link to erectile dysfunction (ED). Men with the first condition are nearly three times as likely to develop the second. We can therefore blame your bedroom problems on cholesterol.

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What is High Cholesterol?
You may not know this, but your body needs cholesterol to digest food and produce hormones. That’s right - this fatty, wax-like substance provides multiple benefits. It’s only beneficial, however, in moderation.
Too much cholesterol accumulates in the body’s arteries and causes “hardening.” In other words, cholesterol builds in the arteries and narrows its passageways. Blood flow then becomes obstructed. When your heart doesn’t have the blood and oxygen it needs, the risk of heart attack becomes significant.
People with poor diets, excess body weight and/or physical inactivity are at risk for high cholesterol. Age and heredity also play roles. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates one out of every three adults has high cholesterol. This is a condition without symptoms, so it’s important you get tested every five years to maintain cardiovascular health.
High Cholesterol and Erectile Dysfunction
So many factors contribute to erectile dysfunction that pinpointing one cause is difficult. In addition, the circumstances surrounding ED change slightly with each individual. One man may get hard for only a few minutes, another may not get hard at all. Still another may achieve an erection that last but is only semi-hard.
Despite these different scenarios, we know one fact: anything that impairs blood flow also impairs sexual function. A sustainable erection requires signals in the brain that prompt blood to pump more rapidly to the penis. If that flow becomes blocked, a man will not be able to get hard. Alternatively, if the flow becomes impeded, erections will flag.
The Problem with Statins
Most people instantly think of statins when they hear the words high cholesterol. But before you rush for your prescription, know that many medications reduce libido. Statins seemingly belong in this unfortunate group, and they have a greater impact in men than women. We’re saying you might reduce your cholesterol with statins, but at the same time you may also reduce your chances of having satisfying sex.
The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Sex Life
It’s a fact you are what you eat, so we won’t delve too deeply into the need to change your diet. But know healthy food choices can improve sexual function and also help you live longer. Given both of these benefits, you should have no trouble incorporating fruits and vegetables into your meals.
With regard to erectile dysfunction, you need to reduce plaque formation in your arteries and increase blood flow to your penis. We therefore recommend Red Yeast Rice, a Chinese remedy shown to lower bad cholesterol and improve blood circulation. (SEE: Red Yeast Rice for Erectile Dysfunction Relief) The best way to take this remedy is with an herbal blend that contains other beneficial ingredients like Maca and Morinda. Safe and effective, a blend will help you sustain firm erections. It will also help you build sexual stamina. Once in place, these qualities lead to a powerful, fulfilling sex life.

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