Fact or Myth: Can An Unhealthy Lifestyle Lead to Sexual Dysfunction?

This is a FACT.

The Journal of Sexual Medicine reports that an unhealthy lifestyle is a key cause of sexual dysfunction.

Associate Professor Morten Frisch, MD, PhD, DSc, of Statens Serum Institut and his team of researchers discovered that an unhealthy lifestyle contributed to many men and women having no sex life at all.

Of those unhealthy subjects who were active sexually, 71% of men experienced sexual dysfunction and women who smoked marijuana were 3 times more likely to be unable to experience orgasm during sex.

Older men and women are affected more strongly by poor lifestyle choices than younger men and women, but young people with poor habits now will pay the consequences later.

Sexual Dysfunction – Triggered by Poor Lifestyle Habits:

  • Obesity
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Alcohol or Drug Use
  • Smoking

“Hopefully our findings can be used in future counseling of patients with unhealthy lifestyles,” Frisch summarizes. “Knowing about possible negative consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle to one’s sexual health may help people quit smoking, consume less alcohol, exercise more, and lose weight.” sexual dysfunction

Other causes of sexual dysfunction include post-injury care, cancer treatment, urinary tract syndrome, prior bouts of sexually transmitted disease and mental or emotional problems.

Some of these issues are not choices within your control, but doctors agree that lifestyle IS completely within your power to control.

Eating right, exercising and using addictive substances are choices you make.

Irwin Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine confirms, “There are many reasons for sexual dysfunction, but lifestyle and recreational drug use are individual choices.

Each person can modify lifestyle, especially diet and exercise and stop using recreational drugs that inhibit the sexual reflex, to be healthier thereby facilitating sexual function.”

As frustrating and disrupting as sexual dysfunction can be to your overall quality of life, making better lifestyle choices has a deep impact on your total body health.

Poor nutrition, smoking, and not exercising regularly can have far-reaching consequences over your lifetime.

Shocking Facts About the Impact of Unhealthy Lifestyle Choices:

  • The US Surgeon General (USSG) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that approximately 65% of U.S. citizens are overweight to obese, yet less than 15% of the total population exercise regularly.
  • The CDC reported that more than 300,000 people die each year from obesity-related illness.
  • The CDC stated that 72% of all deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and degenerative diseases – many of which begin and/or worsen due to obesity, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and alcohol, tobacco and drug use.
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts reports that 57% of all illness and injury is a direct result of poor lifestyle choices.

Embracing a healthier way of living will affect your life in positive ways. “Just making two lifestyle changes has a big overall effect and people don’t get overwhelmed,” said Bonnie Spring, a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and lead author of a health study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Start small…2 changes this month…another 2 next month…and so on — Consistent, small steps to a healthier, stronger body. It isn’t too late to turn your overall health around!

Pick 2 “Changes to Make a Difference” Each Month

  • Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily nutrition.
  • Add half an hour of exercise to your schedule 3 times a week.
  • Cut out one healthy item from your diet, such as soda or fried foods.
  • Reduce tobacco and/or alcohol intake…work to quit.
  • Vow to get more sleep.

Every “Change” Will Bring You Closer To:

  • Living longer.
  • Preventing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many cancers.
  • Lowering your risk factor for disease and sexual dysfunction.
  • Increasing your strength and endurance.
  • Improving your overall metabolism.
  • Helping your body find and maintain its ideal weight.
  • Strengthening your bone density.
  • Improving your mental and emotional well-being.
  • Enhancing the quality of your sleep.

A healthy lifestyle will positively influence your mental, physical, emotional and sexual total body wellness. You cannot afford to waste even one more day.

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