Smoking and Vascular Disease
Your Heart will thank you for not smoking.
Stop smoking! This is a unanimous advice from all healthcare experts you encounter. The potential risks associated with it are grave, including cancer, heart attacks, and strokes. It might seem unbelievable that a single product can wreak such havoc on your health. But the harsh truth is – Yes, it absolutely can!
Smoking Effects on Sexual Function
When it comes to sexual function specifically, smoking has been linked to erectile dysfunction in men due to compromised blood flow.
- Smoking has been linked to erectile dysfunction.
- Men that smoke in their younger years increase risk of ED by 50% by the time they are 50!
- Smoking causes vasoconstriction which inhibits blood flow to the penis reducing ability to achieve an erection.
The harmful effects of smoking can cause significant damage to these blood vessels and lead to their degeneration; nicotine specifically constricts the arteries that facilitate blood flow to the penis, thereby reducing both blood flow and pressure.
Tips for Quitting Smoking
Set a Quit Date
Choose a specific date to quit smoking and mark it on your calendar. Having a clear target will help you mentally prepare for the change.
Change Your Routines
Break the association between smoking and certain activities or places. For example, if you used to smoke after a meal, replace that habit with a healthy alternative like taking a short walk or chewing sugar-free gum.
Engage in regular physical activity as it can help reduce cravings and manage stress. Exercise can also improve your overall well-being, making it easier to resist the urge to smoke.
Practice Stress Management
Find healthy ways to cope with stress, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or talking to a supportive friend or therapist. Stress can be a major trigger for smoking, so finding healthier outlets is crucial.
Stay Positive and Persistent
Quitting smoking is a journey that may have ups and downs. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Stay positive and remind yourself of the health benefits and reasons why you are quitting.
Once you successfully quit smoking, commit to remaining smoke-free. Avoid situations or people that may tempt you to relapse, and remind yourself of the progress you’ve made.