For men, genital health is the most important thing to maintain. Not only by having safe sex, the health of vital organs is also influenced by our daily habits. Without your realizing it, there are some habits that you might do every day, which can cause erectile dysfunction, aka impotence. Of course you don't want this to happen to you, right? What are the habits that can cause difficult erections?
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Various habits that cause difficult erections
According to Salvatore Giorgianni, PharmD, scientific adviser to the Men 's Health Network, men may not be aware of the risks of common habits carried out daily, especially if these small things turn out to be the cause of your erection. Here is a list of habits that you need to be aware of:
1. Eat canned food
Natural foods such as beans or tomatoes sold in packs may not be healthy. These packaged foods may contain bisphenol-A (BPA) which can disrupt the hormone system in women, and inhibit sex hormones in men. Even a Chinese study revealed, men who work in factories that use BPA as a food ingredient, have a risk of 4 times experiencing erectile dysfunction compared to those who are not exposed to these chemicals.
BPA is also found in recycled plastic (such as in plastic bottles). Tips, you can look for a drink bottle that is BPA-free or BPA-free, and avoid the number 7 at the bottom of the bottle. Do not insert the plastic container in the microwave, because the heat will increasingly make the BPA material evaporate.
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Cycling is a healthy activity. However, cycling can also cause you to have difficulty erecting. Past research found 1,700 men who pedaled bicycles more than 3 hours a week had a higher risk of impotence compared to those who rarely cycled. In fact, researchers found that rarely pedaling a bicycle can prevent erectile dysfunction.
Further research from the University of California, San Diego reveals the possibility of bicycle seats being one of the causes of difficult erections. A hard bicycle saddle can suppress the perineum (the area between the anus and testicles), thus putting pressure on the arteries and nerves needed as a sexual function.
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But that doesn't mean you can't ride. Choose seats that are made of leather, which can make you comfortable, with cushion that is soft and not jagged. Cycling is meant not only by outdoor bicycles. When you ride a static bicycle in the gym, choose a bicycle that is on your back, so you can ride in a lying position. In addition, your weight does not suppress your lower part.
3. Snoring all night long
Snoring aka snoring is one of the symptoms of sleep apnea - a sleep disorder that involves breathing disorders. Who would have thought snoring can cause someone to have difficulty erecting? Yes, it turns out a study presented by the American Urological Association's in 2011 found men with impotence also usually suffer from sleep apnea. One of the most likely reasons for sleep disorders is a sign that the body has low oxygen levels. While oxygen in the blood is also needed to maintain and achieve erection.
In addition, sleep apnea is also often associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, and other problems. To treat this sleep disorder, patients usually wear a mask that is used to supply oxygen, and lose weight.
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4. Eat foods that trigger weight gain
Obesity can put you at risk for erection. The condition of being overweight is due to food intake that is not maintained and lack of exercise. Plus when you have to tighten your belt, it can put your penis at risk for erection. Men who have a waist circumference of 99 cm are very at risk of experiencing impotence. Large waist circumference is a sign of high levels of dangerous visceral fat. These fats are associated with low testosterone and inflammation. Both are problems for your penis.
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Obviously we all know that even in cigarette advertisements it warns against the dangers of impotence. Smoking can damage the lining of your blood vessels, which can affect the smooth muscles of the penis and block the flow of blood. In fact, men who smoke will risk a 51% chance of impotence compared to non-smokers.
6. Job stress
Stress due to work can interfere with the production of the hormone testosterone. When working, you have difficulty leaving the office. This is what causes anxiety throughout the day, so the testosterone hormone has been drained used to think about work. When it comes time to have sex, the penis becomes difficult to erect.