High cholesterol levels can put you at risk for cardiovascular diseases including cardiac arrest and stroke. Sufficient awareness on our current lifestyle and behavior is vital as this could be a risk factor for cardiac arrest. Also, high cholesterol among men is the major cause of men’s sexual problem including erectile dysfunction and impotence. High cholesterol can damage arteries and veins that allow adequate blood flow to the penis resulting to erection problems.
The following are high cholesterol factors that predispose men to compromise health:
Family History of High Cholesterol (Hereditary):
Do you have immediate family member who suffers from high cholesterol? A family history of high cholesterol has a greater risk for men’s sexual problem. Scientists have found a direct genetic link between cholesterol levels among family members. A genetic history of higher cholesterol levels even with a relatively healthy diet could be at risk for the disease. It has also been shown that unhealthy eating habits among family members could be passed from generation to generation. Therefore, family’s eating habits are essential to consider avoiding subsequent generations at risk for high cholesterol.
Age and Sex
Age plays a vital role in high cholesterol levels, however it varies by sex. For men, cholesterol levels begin to rise from age twenty years old and decreases somewhere in the early fifties. The rise of cholesterol levels in a male patient disposes him to have men’s sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction and impotence. Therefore, high cholesterol and sex are one of leading risk factors for sexual and erection problems in men. On the other hand, women have fairly low cholesterol levels until menopause. After menopause, women’s bad cholesterol also known as low density lipoproteins tend to rise.
Physical Inactivity among ED Patients
Do you have inactive lifestyle such watching TV on the couch and doing desk job for long periods? Thus, physical inactivity among ED patients is link with high cholesterol levels. Proper exercise is necessary for men with erectile dysfunction and high cholesterol levels. Getting the right amount of exercise lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol). You can spend 30 minutes a day for five days a week to achieved normal levels of cholesterol in the body.
Nicotine is an active and addictive ingredient in tobacco products that stimulates the release of adrenaline into the system. In return stimulates the breakdown of fats and increases the blood levels of free fatty acids including the release of VLDL (very low density lipoprotein) and triglyceride into the bloodstream. Hence, increasing levels of very low density lipoprotein in the blood can lead to poor cholesterol control. In some instances, smoking can cause erectile dysfunction and impotence.
Unhealthy Eating Practices
Lastly, eating habits have the greatest impact on cholesterol levels. A food rich in saturated fat, trans fat and low fiber lead to high cholesterol levels. Thus, the best way to lower cholesterol levels is through eating a well balance diet high in soluble fiber and whole grains.
Indeed, erectile dysfunction and high cholesterol levels could be prevented through physical exercise, proper eating habits and lifestyle change.