Can a healthy lifestyle get rid of my erectile dysfunction?

Yes. Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be caused by psychological problems and by poor blood flow. Poor circulation can be improved by regular exercise and healthy diet. This is especially important among diabetics. For smokers, quitting is key to prevent worsening of erectile dysfunction. Diet and exercise can also improve mood and reduce anxiety, which may be contributing to sexual problems.

Sometimes, healthy lifestyle changes like losing weight or quitting smoking can greatly reduce problems with erectile dysfunction. But if you're not getting the results you'd like, talk to your doctor. Especially if erection problems continue for more than 2 months, despite your efforts to get things back to normal. Your doctor can suggest treatments for getting back to a healthy, satisfying sex life.

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