Lifestyle Changes That Help With Erectile Dysfunction

If you’re a regular television viewer, you’ve probably seen the infamous Cialis bathtub ads. 

After making their debut during a 2003 Super Bowl ad, the bathtub couples have become advertising icons. They’ve been to the beach and taken in mountaintop vistas all in the name of helping alleviate the symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED).

Of course, Cialis isn’t the only drug designed to treat ED. Viagra, the first mainstream drug for ED treatment, is one of the most well-known and successful prescription medications ever. 

It may seem like prescriptions are the only way to treat ED, but many men find relief without drugs. Lifestyle changes can and should be a key part of treating erectile dysfunction.

Are you dealing with the symptoms of ED? If so, our experts at Apex Medical Professionals can help. Walid Elkhalili, MD, and the rest of our team will work with you to diagnose your erectile dysfunction and get started on a personalized treatment plan. 

Dr. Elkhalili places a high priority on preventive care, wellness strategies, and health education.

What is ED?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or keep an erection firm enough for sex. It’s an ongoing issue and shouldn’t be confused with occasional erection trouble, which is normal and not a cause for concern. 

ED is often coupled with a decline is sexual desire and may occur with other sexual problems, like delayed or premature ejaculation. According to the Urology Care Foundation, over 30 million men are affected by ED.

What causes ED?

A whole host of health conditions have been linked to ED. Common causes of ED include: 

Some medications have also been linked to erectile dysfunction.

Lifestyle changes and erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is not directly improved by lifestyle changes. Instead, lifestyle changes can treat the cause of ED. For example, if smoking is causing high blood pressure that in turn leads to ED, your symptoms may subside if you stop smoking.

Here are some of the lifestyle changes we recommend.


Any kind of exercise, even just a 30-minute walk every day, can improve erectile dysfunction symptoms. In fact, a recent Harvard study found that 30 minutes of walking a day was linked with a 41% drop in risk for ED. 

Exercise can help with stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other ED causes.

Eat healthy

A poor diet can affect your energy levels and may increase your chances of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Healthier consumption, and the weight loss that often comes with it, is linked to a decrease in ED.

Talk about it

Relationship issues, stress, and depression are linked to ED. Talking with your partner or enlisting the help of a professional therapist may help relieve your ED symptoms. 

There’s more to ED treatment than medication. We can help you determine what lifestyle changes may be right for you. Contact us today to set up an appointment at our Fair Lawn, New Jersey, office.

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