One of the causes of erectile dysfunction in men is poor metabolism which leads to stress in the body.
And it may be the biggest cause of ED.
When I say stress in the body, I don’t mean stress from being unemployed, or having your boss yell at you.
Sure, that could lead to bodily stress, but it’s not the stress I’m talking about here.
What I mean by stress in the body is a decline in youthful sex hormones and youthful metabolism.
The body begins fighting stress and inflammation “fires” all over.
How do you know you have stress in the body?
If you have high blood pressure or you’re tired all the time, you have stress in the body.
Or if you have ED or you’re taking various medications, you have stress in the body.
Most people think that these are the issues that need they need to treat — the blood pressure, tiredness, ED, and medical issues.
So they have stress and erectile dysfunction and other issues that they’re coping with all at the same time.
But what you should focus on is reducing the stress in the body that is CAUSING these other issues.
Stress in the body leads to high cortisol levels.
And having high cortisol levels causes many other issues.
Anyone with Diabetes Type II, high blood pressure, belly fat that won’t go away, or low T, has stress in the body.
If you have some or even all of these, you have chronic stress in the body that causes your other problems.
Sometimes this is called sterile inflammation because it causes inflammation without there being germs present in the body.
It’s also sometimes known as oxidative stress.
We’ll just call it stress in the body.
In this article, researchers found that men with ED have high cortisol levels.
And this high cortisol seems to cause erectile dysfunction.
They had men (who are very brave volunteers) stimulate themselves to erection.
Then they measured cortisol and stress hormone levels.
In the healthy volunteers, cortisol serum levels significantly decreased with increasing sexual arousal, when the flaccid penis became rigid.
This finding is pretty important.
If you’re having good sex, your cortisol levels should reliably fall before and during sex.
And they should stay low afterward.
Sex is really good for your body because it lowers your cortisol levels.
But what about volunteers who have stress in the body?
What about volunteers who have type II diabetes, a lot of belly fat, or high blood pressure?
That’s where this next study comes in to help explain things.
This second study worked with volunteers with erectile dysfunction.
The researchers treated the volunteers with a chemical found in the body called prostaglandin E1.
They found that it resulted in the volunteers responding even more poorly to sexual stimulation.
Their erections were even worse.
The worst men were men who were “high stress” guys, or guys going through a lot of life stress (situational stress).
The high inhibition group showed a profile of higher initial cortisol.
Chronically high cortisol can lead to very poor or non-existent erections.
Cortisol levels peak in the early morning but so does testosterone.
In men who have chronic stress in their body, their cortisol peaks but their testosterone doesn’t peak.
Testosterone is very low, and cortisol is very high.
Now guess what?
What you eat can cause stress in your body and therefore cause ED.
If you’re eating a lot of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) those PUFAs turn into prostaglandin E1 in the body.
And these are extremely common in the Western diet — and ED is extremely common in Western men.
If you look at the study that I just showed you, to reduce erections, researchers used prostaglandin E1 injections.
Prostaglandin E1 is one of the stress chemicals produced when your body is stressed inside.
The body builds it from the polyunsaturated fatty acids in your diet.
If you reduce the PUFAs in your diet, your body will produce less prostaglandin E1.
As these studies show, this may very well increase your erectile response.
With that, what should you do now?
First, test everything that you do for your metabolism and your health against its effect on cortisol.
It’s not a matter of just lowering cortisol in your body.
Plenty of nutritional changes and supplements do that.
It’s a matter of eliminating that stress in your body.
This lowered stress will lead to cortisol levels naturally falling because your body is going through less stress.
And you need to eliminate foods that cause high cortisol or high prostaglandins, such as PUFAs, vegetable oil, fish oil, etc.
These nutritional changes then lead to higher testosterone and lower cortisol rates.
This, in turn, will lead to better morning wood and regular erections whenever you want.
Stress and the erectile response to intracavernosal prostaglandin E1 in men with erectile dysfunction
Arachidonic acid metabolism, pain, and hyperalgesia, The mode of action of non-steroidal mild analgesics