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You can decrease your risk of developing erectile dysfunction by making lifestyle choices that help keep your blood vessels healthy and help prevent type 2 diabetes.

The following steps may help:

  • Eat a healthy diet and exercise daily

  • Avoid cigarette smoking

  • Maintain normal blood pressure

  • Maintain normal cholesterol levels

Because certain medications have been associated with impotence, ask your doctor about possible side before you start a new prescription

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