Aging can be a b**ch sometimes, but it sure does beat the alternative! After age 50, men can experience numerous changes involving their penile health, including shrinkage, erectile dysfunction (ED), color changes, ejaculations with dry orgasms or little semen, and decreased sensitivity. When it comes to ED, African-American men are more likely to suffer from it than men of other races.

Brothers, it’s not the end of the world!

The following changes can help slow down the aging of your penis.

Lose a few pounds. Belly fat is marked by a low sex drive, ED, bone mass loss, depression, lethargy, and diminished physical performance. Getting rid of the excess weight can also effectively increase penis size because there is a reduction of fat in your pubic area. Expanded waistlines tend to block testosterone, and this can lead to ED. Fat can also engulf the penis, making it difficult to access, and this can cause increased sweat accumulation that leads to chaffing and an unpleasant odor.

Get quality sleep.  As you sleep, your penis has several erections that last 25 to 35 minutes, totally a good two to three hours if you get eight hours of shut-eye. Your penis gets a workout while you sleep to maintain quality blood flow. Poor sleep habits contribute to poor penis health by bringing on ED, which can decrease your sex drive.

Consider Vitamin D. The sunshine vitamin is vital and has been proven to help prevent several types of cancers including penile, testicular, and prostate. Vitamin D is essential for proper testosterone production. Low levels of testosterone have been associated with depression, low sex drive, and ED. Have your doctor test your vitamin D level to determine if it is low. Being out in the sun for at least 10 minutes each day will also help give your D level a boost.

Get active. Retirement does NOT mean you have earned the right to sit around the house all day! A limp life can lead to a limp sex organ!  An active lifestyle can breathe life into your penis. ED is often caused by blood flow problems to the penis. Obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and vascular disease can affect blood flow and result in ED. Adding aerobic exercise to your routine can improve your overall health and may lead to improvements in ED. Even brisk walking 30 minutes a day, three to four times a week, may be enough to change your cardiovascular health and impact your ED.

Eat better.  Simply put, a lousy diet contributes to weight gain, blood flow problems, depression, and an array of other health issues. Read labels and avoid foods with MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils or trans-fats, and artificial dyes. Opt for healthier food choices like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and legumes that will get you in the right mood, bring that erection on, and get that semen flowing!

Cut down on the booze. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol is NOT an aphrodisiac!  Drinking too much can lower testosterone levels and impair blood flow volume, which diminishes sexual drive and function. Long-term alcohol abuse can permanently damage the nervous system that is responsible for triggering the signals that lead to erections. In fact, the leading cause of impotence is alcohol abuse. Studies have shown that ED is present in alcohol abusers even when they’re sober.

Kick the smoking habit. Cancer sticks can bring on a slew of health issues. Even a short-term nicotine habit can reduce blood flow to the penis that affects intensity and duration. If you stop puffing and kick the nasty habit to the curb, you can achieve longer-lasting erections; isn’t this a HUGE incentive?