The Mediterranean Diet Can Help Patients with Erectile Dysfunction

Many of us may know that the Mediterranean Diet reduces the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Now, a small study indicates that it may also be good for men with heart and erectile dysfunction conditions.

Patients who ate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil—coupled with physical activity—showed significant improvement in their cardiovascular risk factors.

Dr. Evan Goldfischer, CO-CEO of Premier Medical Group, is a board certified urologist and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Goldfischer comments that “ It is now proven that ED is relatively uncommon among men who eat a traditional Mediterranean diet, which includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, heart-healthy fats including nuts and olive oil, fish, and wine, particularly red.” Conversely, he continues, “This new study shows that the Med Diet can bring about some improvement in men who experience both heart and ED.”

Research shows that the unhealthy eating patterns that can cause heart attacks result in restriction in the coronary arteries. They can also reduce blood flow to and within the penis. That blood flow is needed for the penis to become erect. Diets that include very few fruits and vegetables along with lots of fatty, fried, and processed foods, can contribute to decreased blood circulation throughout the body.

Dr. Goldfischer says that other lifestyle choices can make someone more or less likely to suffer from Erectile Dysfunction. “Maintaining a healthy weight is important, and so is plenty of exercise.” Dr. Goldfischer stresses that it is vital to keep your cholesterol and blood pressure under control.  He says, “High blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage blood vessels, including those that bring blood to the penis. Eventually, this may lead to ED.” Smoking is another contributor to ED and should be discontinued since nicotine makes blood vessels contract.

It is important for men who experience erectile dysfunction to seek medical advice including a thorough examination and tests.  The Urology Division at Premier Medical Group includes eleven highly experienced, and knowledgeable physicians who maintain office locations, in Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange counties. For appointments, call 845-437-5000