Men: Are you having a hard time sticking to new year’s resolutions? Here’s some extra motivation: Healthy habits help your sex life!

A news bulletin from the American Urological Association (AUA) describes how typical health improvements can help you in bed.

Lose weight: If you are obese, losing weight can help reverse erectile dysfunction (ED) — the inability to achieve or maintain an erection. Studies show that as many as half of American men over age 50 have some degree of ED. About 75 per cent of cases have an underlying physical cause, including serious medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol levels, and obesity is a risk factor for all of these.

Quit smoking: The vague promise of better health may not be enough to get you to quit, but picturing yourself with bladder cancer might. Smokers are twice as likely to get bladder cancer as non-smokers.

Get your cholesterol rates down: High cholesterol is a leading cause of heart disease and also seems to affect prostate health. There may be a link between high cholesterol and prostate cancer in men, so eating properly and exercising regularly can keep this risk lower.

Reduce stress: Stress can also contribute to erectile dysfunction, say experts at the AUA.

If you’re adopting healthy habits this January, your motto should be: Keep it up!

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