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February 18, 2019

Erectile dysfunction, sign of disease?

Valentine I have heard that sometimes when men can’t get erections it is a sign of disease. My husband also goes to the bathroom all the time. Could he be diabetic?



Oh Rosemary, I imagine you are very worried trying to figure out what might be wrong with your husband. The only people qualified to diagnose disease are doctors so your husband must see one.

That said, erectile dysfunction is DEFINITELY a sign of disease and not merely a consequence of aging. It takes a healthy circulation system and a well pumping heart to create an erection. Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol and obesity all affect the cardiovascular (circulation and heart) system in a negative way making it harder to get and maintain an erection.

American research shows that by the age of 40 about 40 per cent of men have encountered some kind of erectile dysfunction. While Kenyan lifestyle is different, the sheer number of emails I receive on the subject of underwhelming erections makes me think that many men are dealing with this issue. Get your husband to a doctor first for a clear diagnosis. Then consider a change of lifestyle. Getting your man to exercise, cut down on alcohol consumption, stop smoking and eat more vegetables will improve the quality and number of his erections, increase his libido, heighten his experience of sexual pleasure and improve his overall health.

Working out together, experimenting with new recipes and a new diet might prove to be a great bonding exercise as you both learn to take care of yourselves and each other. Just start with a walk around your neighborhood and some steamed vegetables with each meal, yes even breakfast. Good luck and take heart this is a solvable issue, you just need to make some adjustments so you two can grow old together.




When it comes to maintaining a healthy and active sex life, I cannot stress the importance of exercise enough. I do not mean an occasional or even weekly exercise habit or walk around the neighborhood. I am talking about breaking a sweat, having to pace your breathing and getting your heart racing. Exercise that gets your blood racing for a minimum of 20 minutes at least four times a week.

We are a running nation so why don’t you and your partner start training for the next big marathon? Lewa, Stanchart, the Mara marathon or even get a head start on the first lady’s 2016 beyond zero... Just pick one. Your wife will smile easier, your heart will thank you and so will your penis. Your children will also be happy to have a father who is active well into his 70s.

While you are making healthier choices, cut down on fatty meat and foods and increase your vegetable intake. The more colorful your plate, the better.

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