Other Health Benefits All of the recommendations on this website and in the book, Survival of the FIRMEST, will optimize the health of all blood vessels not just the ones needed for erection. Unhealthy blood vessels produce less NO (Nitric Oxide) and fatty plaques develop along the walls (atherosclerosis) narrowing the diameter and restricting blood flow. Less NO also increases the risk of blood clots. All of these changes can cause higher blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes, as well as poor erectile function. The experts listed on this website (see Home page) practice what they preach. The average blood pressure among the four experts is 92/63. Three of them are over 60 and the fourth is over 50. All of the things that optimize NO also decrease blood pressure. Average blood pressure can therefore be used as an accurate indicator for how a person’s efforts are translating into increased NO production. Blood pressure monitoring devices may be purchased at a local pharmacy. Recommendations for improving erectile function will also reduce a man’s risk of cancer, the number two cause of disability and death next to heart and blood vessel disease. Excessive weight increases cancers of the colon, rectum, esophagus, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidney, prostate, and breast and uterus in women. The risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and multiple myeloma also increase with body weight. Excess weight and obesity are estimated to be responsible for 14% of cancer deaths in men and 20% in women. Alternatively, lower body weight, exercise, low fat intake, high fiber, and increased intake of fruits and vegetables have been associated with lower cancer risk. In the Iowa women’s health study, intentional weight loss of at least 20 pounds was associated with a 14% reduction in the incidence of cancer! There is an epidemic of diabetes in the U.S. and it is spreading world-wide too. As body weight increases, the risk of diabetes goes up substantially. It is not just the amount of food that is consumed that contributes to the problem, but also the types of food available. Many of these popular, highly processed foods are less likely to contain important nutrients. Various antioxidants, folic acid, lower body weight and exercise all lower the risk of diabetes and Alzheimer’s, and will decrease senility (memory loss) in general. Green tea (which is abundant in antioxidants) may help to prevent prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is very common in most countries, but the risk is 18 times lower in China than in the U.S., and men in China who drink more green tea have less prostate cancer than those who drink less. In one study, drinking 3 cups of green tea per day was associated with over 70% decreased risk of prostate cancer! So, even if ED is not currently a problem there are many other good reasons to follow these recommendations for healthy living. As with most problems, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – a man who maintains good blood vessel health may not develop ED in the first place and if he does, the ED will be much more likely to respond to treatment.