Penises are at the centre of the lives of around 50% of the population – but it turns out their owners often end up treating them pretty badly.
Healthy living for the love muscle isn’t always obvious, but don’t panic about your precious piece.
Rest assured you can do your best to create a happier and brighter future for you and your tackle.
In fact, once you find that things which you actively love doing are just no friend to what’s down below, it’ll be easy to be a little more thoughtful.
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So before you do any lasting damage, have a read of what your old chap wants you to stop doing.
Everyone likes some self-love when they have a spare minute or too, but it turns out your penis isn’t that fussed on too much of a good thing.
For the record, touching yourself too much doesn’t cause blindness, insanity, or acne and won’t make hair grow on your palms, says the NHS .
But they point out that if men do it a lot in a short space of time, they can get a slightly alarming looking swelling of the penis, called oedema, caused by fluid in the tissues.
Don’t fret – the swelling does disappear within a day or two.
Perhaps you like going out for a few bevvies, or relaxing with a glass of wine in the bath – secret’s safe with us.
But too much alcohol isn’t just going to give you a headache up top.
It can also lead to erectile dysfunction down below.
The dehydration associated with drinking causes less blood volume and a rise in angiotensin, which can stop your ability to perform in its tracks.
Of all the reasons to give up cigarettes, this is another to add to a long list.
The more tabs you smoke, the more you might be helping the development of atherosclerosis, a build-up of plaque inside the arteries.
National Male Medical Clinics say that the toxic chemicals are another factor which could lead to erectile dysfunction.
It’s also been blamed for damaging penile tissues, which could affect its effectiveness in future.
Penis size is related to obesity along with eating unhealthy foods – think about that next time you decide on a fast food binge.
“In some cases, abdominal fat all but buries the penis,” says Ronald Tamler, MD, PhD, co-director of the Men’s Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York says .
Obsity has also been linked to lack of sexual stamina, sexual dysfunction and hormonal imbalance, reports The Health Site .
5.Lack of attention
Alright, so you’re not meant to touch it too much – remember? – but you have to give it some TLC, the experts say.
Erections should be a feature of every day activity, so the shape of the member is kept.
Tobias Kohler, MD, an assistant professor of urology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine says: “It has to be essentially exercised.
“If they don’t do anything to maintain normal erections, they will get shortening of the penis.”
So now you know.
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