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Can Reduced Physical Activity Cause ED?

By: Dr. Robert Marshall


Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the most common and frustrating conditions affecting millions of men across the country. In many cases, ED is a multifactorial condition — meaning there are several variables that may be contributing to or exacerbating the patient’s symptoms. For many men, lifestyle factors play a role in their sexual dysfunction symptoms, with cardiovascular disease and physical activity level among them.

At Tru Male Medical in Oak Brook, IL, board-certified physician and male sexual wellness specialist Dr. Robert Marshall understands the complexities of ED and is dedicated to helping men enhance their sexual function through lifestyle modifications, innovative treatment options, and more. Here, we’ll take a closer look at how a sedentary lifestyle may be linked to ED and discuss what changes you can make to help boost your sexual performance, as well as what treatments may help.

What causes ED?

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to erectile dysfunction, which is typically characterized by the inability to achieve erections that are adequate for sexual activity. ED symptoms can also include diminished libido, difficulty reaching orgasm, and the inability to achieve or maintain spontaneous erections. Some potential causes and contributing factors to ED include:

  • Age
  • Hormone changes
  • Low testosterone
  • Stress
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Trauma or injury
  • Psychological distress
  • Certain medications
  • Alcohol or drug use

How are exercise and ED connected?

A primary cause of ED is poor cardiovascular function, which inhibits blood flow to the penis and results in decreased quality of erections or, in some cases, the inability to achieve an erection at all. For patients who are inactive and/or lead a sedentary lifestyle, the risk of developing cardiovascular issues — which may ultimately lead to sexual dysfunction and ED — is much higher than in a physically active male. Additionally, sedentary patients are more likely to become obese and develop comorbidities like hypertension and elevated cholesterol, which can also contribute to ED symptoms.

Can exercising improve my erections?

Diet and lifestyle modifications, including increasing your physical activity level, can be beneficial for your overall health and may also help to improve your sexual performance and the quality of your erections. For many men, a combination of ED treatments and healthier lifestyle choices is the most effective solution for boosting sexual performance and drive. At Tru Male Medical, Dr. Marshall will work closely with you to determine what factors may be responsible for your ED symptoms and recommend a customized treatment plan that is suitable for you.

Depending on your specific symptoms, health and medical history, personal preferences, and other individual factors, your ED treatment plan may include medications, hormone replacement therapy, sound wave treatment, or another solution. With this combination of healthy habits, increased physical activity, and professional ED treatment, you can join the many other men who are enjoying enhanced sexual performance and a stronger sex drive once again.

Give your sex drive a boost with advanced ED treatment in Oak Brook, IL

If you have started to notice the quality of your erections declining or your sex drive slowing down, we can help. For more information about improving your sexual performance, call Tru Male Medical to schedule your discreet consultation for Oak Brook, IL, ED treatments with Dr. Robert Marshall today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.