Many men aged 50 and beyond notice a progressive reduction in their libido and sexual function. Approximately 33% of men over the age of 50 suffer with erectile dysfunction, and many of the remaining 66% experience what is now being referred to as ‘erection dissatisfaction.’[i] Fortunately, aging is not a sexual prison sentence, and in most cases a man can maintain his virality and/or reverse sexual dysfunction by addressing the primary 3 sexual health destroyers listed below.
Sexual Changes that Occur After 50
Around the age of 50, many men lose the ability to get an erection from fantasies alone and require manual stimulation to get their blood flowing in the right direction. Erections become noticeably less frequent, they rise more slowly, they do not get as firm as they previously did, and they become harder to maintain.[ii] [iii] Occasionally, these effects are caused by underlying health conditions, or mental/emotional issues, but more often than not, they are physical in nature, and are thereby preventable.
3 Physical Causes and Solutions for Sexual Dysfunction:
#1 Low Testosterone
Testosterone levels peak at 30 and decline by 1% every year thereafter. This means that by the time a man reaches 50, his testosterone levels are typically at least 20% lower than they were at 30.[iv] At least 30% of men over the age of 50 have a testosterone deficiency, and the consequences are considerable. Low testosterone causes a man to feel ‘less manly’ and it reduces muscle mass, stamina, energy levels, and brain power. It also causes a loss of libido, and sexual dysfunction. The good news is that restoring testosterone levels is easy and many men who suffer with sexual dysfunction experience a complete reversal by doing so.
Have your total testosterone levels tested and if you are deficient or in the low-end of the ‘normal range,’ or if a high percentage of your testosterone is bound to SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin), then increasing your testosterone levels will benefit you greatly. A combination of high-intensity and strength training exercises will help to raise your testosterone; so too will reducing stress levels, and optimizing vitamin d and zinc levels. For a more pronounced effect take an herbal-based testosterone boosting supplement such as Testro Vida (insert hyperlink there: http://www.delgadonaturals.com/testro-vida-pro/). You can also talk to your healthcare practitioner about bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy — if given a choice of delivery systems choose pellets, as they are the most effective.
#2 Estrogen Dominance
Testosterone isn’t the only cause of sexual decline in men over 50, elevated estrogen levels (estrogen dominance) is also a major contributor. A healthy estradiol level for men is between 10 pg/ml and 40 pg/ml, however, due to modern-day lifestyle factors, it is not uncommon for men to have levels as high as 250 pg/ml.[v] Estrogen dominance can compromise your sex life in a multitude of ways – it can cause a loss of libido, interfere with your ability to get and maintain an erection, lower your sperm count, lead to breast enlargement, and prevent you from reaching orgasm.[vi]
An overexposure to estrogen-like compounds (xenoestrogens) which are omnipresent in our environment, is a major cause of estrogen dominance. You can reduce your exposure by using organic cleaning and personal care products, swapping plastic food and beverage containers for glass, and eating organic. Also, meat and dairy is loaded with toxic estrogens, and you should reduce or eliminate animal products from your diet. Achieving a healthy body weight is also important because excess estrogens are stored in your fat cells. For optimum results, take an estrogen reducing supplement that contains DIM and I3C. We recommend Estro Block (insert hyperlink www.estroblock.com), because it contains clinically effective doses of these two ingredients, plus glucuronolactone to help strengthen your liver function so that it can do a better job of clearing toxic estrogens.
#3 Low Nitric Oxide
The third major cause of the sexual symptoms associated with aging is a decline in nitric oxide levels. Nitric oxide, or NO, is a molecule that sends signals throughout your body and levels of it begin to decline by approximately 10%-12% per decade after your mid 20’s.[vii] Low nitric oxide levels causes the blood vessels to restrict, and can also cause red blood cells to clump together and form clots in the arteries – both of which reduce the flow of blood to the sex organs. Without enough blood, achieving an erection and orgasm becomes very difficult and if levels of NO decline far enough, erectile dysfunction (ED) that is unresponsive to Viagra and testosterone therapy will kick-in. The only way to reverse ED at this point, is to restore NO levels.
You can boost nitric oxide levels by consuming a wholefoods, plant-based diet, with at least 12 servings of vegetables daily. Beets and dark leafy greens such as swiss chard and arugula are especially beneficial because they are high in dietary nitrates, and the body converts nitrates into nitric oxide. Exercise is also helpful because it causes the heart to pump harder to supply oxygen to the body and increases blood flow, which in-turn, causes more nitric oxide to be released. For more noticeable results take an NO boosting supplement such as Beet Vitality (insert hyperlink: https://delgadoprotocol.com/product/beet-vitality/), which contains both concentrated beetroot (the highest source of dietary nitrates), and l-arginine which is required for the synthesis of NO.