ZOOMER Magazine - - HEALTH -


high choles­terol and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease all be­come more com­mon in older men and women. And all can im­pede blood flow, af­fect­ing your sex­ual re­sponse. “Di­a­betes has two dra­matic im­pacts with sex­ual ac­tiv­ity be­cause it af­fects both the nerves and the blood ves­sels,” says Barkin. If you’re obese, “Phys­i­cally, the act of sex can be more dif­fi­cult be­cause you just can’t get close enough to your part­ner.”

Nat­u­rally, we’ re go­ing to sug­gest weight loss, bet­ter diet and ex­er­cise. “More aer­o­bic ac­tiv­ity will in­crease blood flow and oxy­gena­tion,” says Barkin. Cut back on al­co­hol, which makes you less alert and slows your re­sponse time. Paulsen sug­gests: “Get a phys­i­cal. See if there are things that you can be do­ing to feel health­ier.”

Cer­tain med­i­ca­tions like an­tide­pres­sants and blood pres­sure drugs can in­ter­fere with sex­ual func­tion or de­sire. Ask your doc­tor about side ef­fects. It may be pos­si­ble to mod­ify the drug or dose to lessen the im­pact.

If you de­velop a physic- al dis­abil­ity like arthri­tis or stroke, ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent aids and po­si­tions. “Is be­ing in the bath­tub to­gether a more plea­sur­able en­vi­ron­ment? Or prop­ping pil­lows dif­fer­ently? It’s about be­ing cre­ative and try­ing some­thing that works,” notes Paulsen. For more cre­ative poses, go to www.ev­ery­thing­­si­tions.

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