Lifestyle modification involves altering long-term habits, typically of eating or physical activity, and maintaining the new behaviour for months or years. Lifestyle modification can be used to treat a range of diseases, including obesity.
Lifestyle modifications may be advised for patients who smoke, abuse alcohol, use recreational drugs, or lead sedentary lives. Physical activity is associated with ED, with the highest risk among men who remain sedentary. Of all lifestyle modifications, only increased physical activity has been associated with the reversal of ED. In a recent clinical study, weight loss improved EF in about one third of obese patients. Early investigation has shown that lowering cholesterol in men with hypercholesterolemia improves erectile capacity. Medication changes may be beneficial especially in men taking older antihypertensive drugs.
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