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Diet and Sexual Performance in the Bedroom

March 28, 2024

If you sometimes lose your erection during sex or find it difficult to maintain an erection that is firm enough for penetrative sex, you may want to speak with a men’s sexual health specialist.

Erectile issues can have many causes, including both physical and psychological issues, such as alcohol or drug abuse, nerve damage, stress, heart disease, diabetes, hormone imbalance, lack of activity, or diet. Yes... what you eat can matter.

Poor dietary intake can lead to a host of health issues that can adversely affect your sexual health or even your desire for sex. Diets high in saturated fat and salt can worsen erectile dysfunction, but so can extreme carb restriction and high protein intake.

In a recent study, men who scored high on The Mediterranean Diet had the lowest risk of ED. So, consuming a diet that emphasizes vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and fish or other sources of long-chain fats while avoiding overly processed foods can improve your overall health and well-being. Moreover, a diet high in fast foods and sugary drinks can increase a man’s risk of poor blood flow.

Sugar is sweet but can hurt between the sheets...

Consuming too much sugar can contribute to excess weight and obesity. Making better dietary choices means avoiding highly-produced foods and baked goods with added sugars and sodium. Extended periods of high blood sugar can damage both nerves and blood vessels. Moreover, in men with diabetes, high blood sugar is a main cause of erectile dysfunction but lowering blood glucose levels can prevent further damage to both the penis and the rest of the body. Sugary foods and drinks can lead to low libido due the insulin spikes that occur after consumption, so consider cutting back on sugar intake in your diet.

Making Lifestyle Changes Can Help

Although there is no food that can magically prevent or cure erectile dysfunction, a healthier eating pattern can reduce your risk of poor sexual performance and erectile issues. Food research suggests that a diet rich in flavonoids, which are important anti-oxidant compounds found in foods like fruits, vegetables, seeds and tea, are linked to broad range of health benefits, including improved erectile function.

High salt intake can be a risk factor for ED as it can cause high blood pressure. Hypertension can cause arteries and veins to narrow and harden, so men with hypertension are almost twice as likely to have impaired penile blood flow when compared to men who test in the normal range. Fact is damaged blood vessels make it more difficult for blood to circulate. A study at Tulane University concluded high sodium intake can cause ED that can’t be treated with ED drugs.

If you’re on a date or eating in, remember that what you drink matters just as much (if not more) as what you eat. Overconsumption of alcohol can impact erections and lead to a disappointing performance between the sheets. Men with a history of heavy drinking or alcohol dependence are much more likely to experience poor sexual performance, including ED. Men’s health specialist suggest that erectile function doesn’t work as well on a full stomach or when drinking alcohol.

Men’s Sexual Health Examination

The primary cause of erectile dysfunction is poor blood flow to the penis. This is called organic ED and involves abnormalities in the penile arteries, veins, or both. Although ED is common in older men, aging doesn’t cause ED. Nonetheless, there are numerous culprits and in most cases men may present with overlapping causes. The good news is that erectile dysfunction is highly treatable and timely treatments can help restore emotional well-being and intimacy for couples.  

There is no one way to prevent erectile dysfunction but consistently eating a healthy diet, limiting consumption of highly processed foods, and maintaining a healthy weight have all been shown to support sexual health over the course of a man’s lifetime. Problems with blood flow to the penis can often be traced to unhealthy lifestyle issues, including dietary intake, smoking, overconsumption of alcohol, lack of exercise, and poor quality of sleep.

To ensure your best sexual performance, you need to be aware of how your body works and how it is responding to the way you live. There are so many differing reasons as to why a man suffers with erectile issues that there is not a single solution for treating ED. If you experience difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection suitable for sexual intercourse, schedule a male sexual health exam for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.


Treatment options for sexual performance issues should be considered based on symptom severity and burden on the patient, including lifestyle changes, pharmacological interventions, and surgical approaches. Dr. Earl Eye and his Jacksonville team work one-on-one with patients to enhance their sex life through optimization of overall sexual performance. To schedule your appointment today, call 904-500-5500.

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