Men's health after 50 years: the potency and other features

Despite the fact that men are traditionally considered the stronger sex, some medical facts prove otherwise. According to current data, the male gender inferior to women due to the duration and quality of life. Among men is much more common pathology of the heart and blood vessels, and cancer. Another important and exclusively men's health problem is erectile dysfunction, which occurs in many physiological and pathological reasons.

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Features the potency of men older than 50 years

Every man who has reached 45-50 years, must carefully take care of their reproductive health because of its deterioration affects not only sexual life, but also threatens the development of serious diseases.

Male reproductive system – a complex mechanism, involving the pelvic organs, nerve plexus, arterial and venous blood vessels, endocrine glands. Therefore, the "failure" of just one link leads to dysfunction of the entire system.

With age, the vascular walls become less elastic and slows down the speed of nerve impulses by special fibers to some extent disturbed endocrine glands, which also affects potency and erections in men. In addition, appeared in the literature a term such as age-related androgen deficiency (VAD), or "andropause".

Testosterone being the sex hormone, determines the functional state of almost all organs and systems in male body. Its normal concentration protects a man from many age-associated diseases. Thus, androgen deficiency provokes the appearance of somatic pathology, including the reproductive system. Chronic diseases compounded for WAD, thereby creating a vicious circle.

Characteristics of chronic diseases that impair erectile function

Aging, bad habits, poor nutrition, occupational hazards and, of course, genetic predisposition – all of this with age triggers the development of chronic somatic pathology.

The most common diseases and conditions that occur in men and negatively affect potency:

  • hypertension;
  • peripheral atherosclerosis;
  • diabetes mellitus;
  • chronic stress;
  • the pathology of the prostate;
  • venereal disease;
  • bad habits.


Hypertension is one of the most common diseases among the male population, which not only affects the quality of life, but not infrequently is the cause of death (hemorrhagic stroke, myocardial infarction). The pathogenesis of the disease is a persistent increase in numbers the system pressure is higher than the standardized norms, which depend on the age and sex of the patient.

When hypertension occurs a large stress on the heart and blood vessels, which over time lose their elasticity, become thinner, weaker areas are formed of the aneurysm and cholesterol plaques. As you know, an erection is achieved due to the good filling of vessels of cavernous bodies of the penis under the influence of nerve impulses. Thus, crockery, lack of elasticity, lose their extensibility and much worse filled with blood, which leads to the development of erectile dysfunction.


High cholesterol in peripheral blood injure intima of blood vessels and leads to an imbalance between the lipoproteins of low and high density. As a result, the endothelium of the artery is gradually accumulated cholesterol, which forms plaque covered with a fibrous tissue. The protrusion on the inner wall of the vessel creates, in this place of turbulent blood flow, which causes blood clots and ulcers on the plaque, which can later break away and cause life-threatening complications.


The same changes happen to the arteries of the penis, causing them to become rough, tapering, and covered with small atherosclerotic plaques. Accordingly, the blood filling the cavernous bodies is much worse, creating great difficulties with erection.

Diabetes mellitus type 2

In most cases, diabetes type II diabetes (non-insulin dependent) is a lot older or obese people. Why it is so common in men older than 50 years and who have problems with excess weight.

High levels of glucose in the peripheral blood depresses immune function, disrupts the work of many organs, which affects the course of the second background of the pathology, if available, and also damage the inner vascular wall, starting the process of glycation.

In most cases type II diabetes is commonly seen in the metabolic syndrome, if you have impaired glucose tolerance, hypertension, increased cholesterol levels in peripheral blood and symptoms of obesity of the Central type. The totality of these symptoms can significantly worsen the work of the male reproductive system due to damage of vessels and violations of the neuroendocrine regulation.

Chronic stress

Psychological impotence is a fairly common reason for the failure of the sexual life in men who crossed the threshold of middle age. Frequent stressful situations in the family or emotional stress at work, fear of the future retirement age — have a negative impact on mental and somatic health of men.

Except for the lack of sexual desire on a psychological level, stressful situation, accompanied by massive release of catecholamines into the blood (norepinephrine and epinephrine) which cause severe narrowing of large and small vessels, including the male sex organ.

Normalization of relations at work and at home, finding interesting Hobbies – will help to improve psycho-emotional state of man and his sex life.

Prostatitis and STDs

A lack of adequate knowledge or just a reluctance to use contraception, management of sexually promiscuous is not rarely leads to the emergence of sexually transmitted diseases. Most men ignore the occasional itching, discharge, erection problems and rarely seek medical help. Meanwhile, progressive inflammation affects the urinary tract and is distributed higher – up prostate.

Healthy prostate – the key to good and long sexual life. However, physiological changes in the body as well as inflammation, leading to dysfunction of the prostate and, consequently, to violations of erection.

Therefore, every man important to use contraception and, if necessary, to promptly contact their doctor for help, and after reaching 45 years – mandatory every year to undergo routine medical examination that includes palpation of the prostate and a blood test the level of prostate specific of the hormone.

Bad habits

Long and persistent Smoking, frequent alcohol consumption affects the nervous system, heart, liver, leads to the particular destruction of blood vessels and increases the risk of cancer (for men is lung cancer, prostate and stomach).

Nicotine resin and ethanol – a kind of slow-acting poison to the human body, triggers irreversible processes. It is proven that those who smoke and those that drink men have problems not only with the cardiovascular system, but with potency.

Useful tips

Prevention or timed treatment of the disease greatly improves prognosis and minimizes development of complications. Thus, men over the age of 50 is recommended:

how to deal with it
  • Stop Smoking and frequent drinking.
  • To modify your way of life, namely, to enter in the order of the day, dosed physical load, to normalize and to vary the diet to exclude fat, acute, smoked and flour.
  • Find interesting and exciting hobby.
  • Regularly takes all necessary preventive medical examinations, and in the presence of chronic disease – take the prescribed therapy.
  • After consultation with the doctor to start the prevention of vascular disease. It is proved that exchange rate the regular use of such drugs and dietary SUPPLEMENTS, such as omega-3-saturated acids, vitamin E, fish oil improves heart function and protects the blood vessels, strengthening their walls.