Suppose I maintained good diet, eating fruits said to maintain libido, drinking no alcohol. Can I have my stable sexual power past age 70 years?

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  • Michael Castleman says:

    A healthy lifestyle certainly helps preserve sexual function in later life. That would include: a low-fat, near-vegetarian diet, daily moderate exercise, a stress-management regimen (meditation, yoga, tai chi), at least seven hours of sleep a night, a network of close personal relationships, no smoking, and little if any alcohol. If you life this way, it’s possible that you might remain erection-functional into your 70s. But maybe not. The studies on the sexuality of old men generally agree that after age 70, some 40 to 50 percent of men have erection difficulties or worse.

    Understandably, many men find this transition very disconcerting and anxiety-provoking. But getting wrought up only makes things worse. Anxiety constricts the blood vessels, including the ones that carry blood into the penis. So the more anxious you become, the less blood gets in there to raise erections.

    But how can any man relax when his erection function is headed south? Talking it out with a lover can help. You might also read my low-cost e-book. It contains 115 articles on all aspects of sexuality, with an emphasis on sex in later life.

    Beyond that, I’d suggest consulting a sex therapist for individualized suggestions and coaching. Sex therapy typically takes several months of weekly sessions at $100-200 an hour, tho many therapists discount their fees. If you’re unfamiliar with sex therapy, you don’t have sex with or in front of the therapist. For more, read my low-cost article, An Intimate Look at Sex Therapy, or see the movie “Hope Springs” with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. To find a sex therapist near you, visit the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, or the American Board of Sexology.

    I wish you a long and healthy life—and graceful adjustment to the sexual changes of aging.

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