The first thing you realize when you study sexual health and erectile dysfunction is that a lot is simply not known. So, a person who want to have a healthy sex life into his 50s, 60s, and beyond needs to do a lot of research on his own. That’s why I started this blog (because no one else is running a web site with the type of information I want to read on this subject!)

Here’s another interesting piece of the puzzle: the relationship between low HDL-cholesterol (the so-called “good” cholesterol) and erection problems. Apparently, men with high HDL-cholesterol levels (greater than 60 mg/dL) have a much lower rate of sexual problems than those with HDL-cholesterol less than 30 mg/dL).

It also appears that HDL-cholesterol helps increase levels of nitric oxide, the gas that helps blood vessels relax (so you have have an erection).

So how can you raise HDL-cholesterol levels (which will, supposedly, increase sexual health)? Here are some ways:

  • Exercise (especially intense exercise)
  • Quite smoking
  • Eat more soluble fiber
  • Switch to the Mediterranean diet and eat lots of olive oil
  • Cut back on sugar
  • Loose weight

You know you should be doing these things anyway. But now you can do it for better sexual health!

If you want to read some medical articles about this topic, click on the links below:

From Circulation Research.

From Journal of Biological Chemistry. (use this link for a free pdf)

From Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine.