In an article written by Dr. Keith Roach, he provided good insights regarding the declining libido in men with age. It is common to find men reaching an older age to experience some form of sexual health problems. Even a healthy man of old age could experience the symptoms of sexual decline no matter how healthy they can become. The sexual health impact of age of health is quite significant and it forms a natural consequence of aging. While it is not alarming to experience a decreased libido as one age because it is not correlative to any existing disease, the condition could possibly take a toll on a man’s sexual activity and relationship with their partner. However, there are some factors that could also influence the rate of libido decline in men. Some may be caused by underlying health conditions that are essentially important to be treated in order to reduce its impact on a man’s sexual health.
A Tampa Bay Times correspondent Tom Valeo reported that reducing weight could help to improve libido. According to his report, Italian males who are obese reflect a significant reduction in their testosterone level. The lower the level of testosterone in the body, the lower the drive for libido becomes. Any obese men as he reaches the old age will likely to suffer from an extreme decline in libido. Moreover, males who are obese become prone to erectile dysfunction which adds to the urgency of reducing their weight as much as possible.
Other conditions like heart disease also contribute to the decreased libido in men. As one age, their risk of heart diseases also increases. The reduced blood flow throughout the body including the penile area affects one’s ability to experience a satisfying sexual experience. The condition of heart disease could potentially harm the thin lining of the blood vessels called endothelium. As a consequence, it reduces the presence of the nitric oxide that is essential to maintain an erection in men. Another age-related disease that could affect men’s libido is diabetes mellitus. It could also contribute to the declining libido level among men of old age.
In an Australian research study, providing patients with testosterone injection among the obese diabetics resulted in the improvement of their libido. Doctors always point out that the decrease in the testosterone level in men is not a natural process of aging. Therefore, it is important to define which conditions could possibly affect men’s sexual health due to the natural part of aging and which medical conditions could contribute to sexual health problems like erectile dysfunction from occurring in the older men population.
Treating the underlying conditions forms an integral part of the intervention process to help treat conditions that contribute to sexual health issues in men as they age. This could help reduce the risks of more serious sexual health problems that may arise in older men that may not be induced by aging. Whether sexual issues that a man experiences is due to the natural aging process or some underlying medical condition, treatment is essential to help men cope with the psychological and physical stress that may libido issues may bring into their lives.