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11. Fried Fish Causes an Especially High Risk for ED

In 2006, Dr. Michael Schachter with the Imperial College School of
Medicine in London reported that high levels of serum cholesterol and
reduced high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol are related to the
risk of erectile dysfunction, which is “another example of the link
between ED and atherosclerosis.”   Atherosclerosis is a hardening of
the arteries because of the build up of fat or cholesterol, which then
compromises arterial functioning and blood flow throughout the

A study by Drs Dariush Mozaffarian, John Gottdiener and David
Siscovick with the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of
Maryland School of Medicine, and the University of Washington School
of Medicine, respectively, found in 2005 that consumption of fried fish
is “associated with structural abnormalities indicative of systolic
dysfunction and potential coronary atherosclerosis.”   

The more the fried fish, the higher the risk of atherosclerosis, the
higher the odds of ED.  Instead of frying the daily catch, the experts
suggest, try tuna or baked fish.

Coconut Oil.  The United States Department of Agriculture’s
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion recommends that healthy
American adults should consume less than 10 percent of their calories
from saturated fat.    

A diet high in saturated fat leads to several adverse health results, one
of which is metabolic syndrome (which indicates several factors that,
because they occur together, increase the risk for artery disease, stroke
and diabetes).  

In 2006, several experts at the University of Naples and the University
of Rome asserted that men with metabolic syndrome “demonstrate an
increased prevalence of erectile dysfunction.”     They tested the impact
of a menu that is low in saturated fat on men with both erectile
dysfunction and the metabolic syndrome and concluded that a diet
“rich in whole grain, fruits, vegetables, legumes, walnut, and olive oil
might be effective per se in reducing the prevalence of ED in men with
the metabolic syndrome.”  

One of the best ways to raise your intake of saturated fat (and thus
your odds for metabolic syndrome and ED) is to use coconut oil .
Coconut oil it is composed of over
90% saturated fat, higher than any
of the other levels of oils tested by the US Department of Agriculture.

Energy Drinks.  In 2004, Allen Seftel, Peter Sun and Ralph
Swindle with the Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland
Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Indiana University-Bloomington,
performed a study that concluded that diabetes is “prevalent” in
patients with erectile dysfunction.   

Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) disease in which the levels of sugar in
the blood are too high because of low amounts of insulin (a hormone
produced by the pancreas to monitor blood sugar), a resistance to
insulin, or both.   

Diabetes occurs in various forms, though your diet has the highest
chance of affecting your likelihood of Type 2 diabetes later in life.  Type
2 diabetes occurs when fat, liver and muscle cells do not respond as
they should to insulin, so that sugar builds up in the blood.  Type 2
diabetes develops over time, most often occurring in people who are
overweight (as increased fat prevents the body from using insulin
correctly) and in the elderly.  

A diet that is low in “added” sugars, those which are not found
naturally in foods but are thrown in during processing, can help to
prevent obesity leading towards Type 2 diabetes -- and any consequent
erectile dysfunction.  The United States Department of Agriculture’s
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion guidelines for Americans
states that soda, energy drinks and sports drinks are “the major
sources of added sugars in the diets of Americans,” comprising 36% of
added sugar intake.  

Drs. Harrie Heneman and Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr with the Department of
Nutrition at the University of California Davis report in 2007  that Full
Throttle, Monster, Red Bull, and Rockstar  all contain close to 30 grams
of sugar per serving – and in many cases there are at least two
servings per container.  So while these drinks might give you a boost
on the court, they could prove a hindrance to other activities between
the sheets a few years down the road.

Chicken Liver.  In 2004, Erin Saltzman, Andre Guay and Jerilynn
Jacobson from the Center for Sexual Function in Peabody,
Massachusetts, studied how lowering the cholesterol in men with high
blood cholesterol affected erectile dysfunction.   

Here's what they found --lowering your cholesterol decreases your risk
of ED.  As the study stated: “had improved erection adequate for
penetration during sexual intercourse,” so that working on lowering
cholesterol may be a method for decreasing the risk of you or your
loved one for erectile dysfunction.  

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition
Policy and Promotion guidelines for Americans recommends that
healthy male adults should consume less than 300 mg of cholesterol
daily.   A 3½ ounce serving of chicken liver has 631 mg of cholesterol  
-- when the math is done, chicken liver might not be the best option for
anyone wanting to prevent high cholesterol and any ensuing ED.

Skip the Dill Pickles.  Pickles can raise your blood pressure which
in turn can raise your risk for ED.

Several experts at the University of Western Ontario in Canada
reported in 2005 that a significant amount of erectile dysfunction cases
are associated with hypertension , also known as high blood pressure.  
Causes of high blood pressure include the state of your kidneys,
nervous system and blood vessels, the levels of your various hormones,
and the amount of water and salt in your body.  

Luckily, there are several ways to work on your blood pressure daily –
via your diet.  In 2004, Dr. Stephen Havas at the University of Maryland
School of Medicine and other experts deduced that a healthy sodium
intake for American males is 2400 mg or less.  

This daily limit for salt might seem like plenty until learning that one
teaspoon of table salt contains 1,938 mg by itself.  

While there are various ways to decrease your salt intake, including
checking the content of condiments such as ketchup, there are a few
culprits that pack a surprising punch of sodium in small quantities.

The Colorado State University School of Extension posts that one dill
pickle contains 928 mg of salt   -- nibble mindlessly on three of the
crunchy culprits and you’re already over your daily limit.  If you crave
the green crisp – but want to do all you can to prevent hypertension
and consequent erectile dysfunction – try cucumbers instead of dill
pickles, which give you only 2 mg of sodium in seven slices. (Read more
how much salt is in common food.)

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