There is no physical reason for sexual desire to entirely disappear with age. The production of testosterone, which strongly controls sexual appetite in men, does decline over time, but it never ceases altogether in a healthy male. There are many men in their seventies, eighties, and older who remain interested in sex and have it when they can, although factors like lack of a partner or medical problems may get in the way.
The role of testosterone maintains a man’s health and vitality. Testosterone, the predominant male hormone circulating through a man’s body, is responsible for the development and maintenance of male sex organs and characteristics, including body hair, facial hair, and lean body mass. This highly productive hormone also spurs the growth of the prostate gland, penis, and testicle at puberty and, from then on, controls the production of sperm by the testes.
Testosterone also plays a role in regulating mood and maintaining libido. Different properties of this hormone first allow men to develop an erection for sexual gratification and then allow for normal sperm develop. Just how testosterone injury erection is still something of a mystery. Some testosterone, however, is essential to sexual desire. When there’s a bare minimum of testosterone in his body, a man’s sexual interest is greatly reduced or disappears completely. When this happens you should consult your physician about having a blood test to determine your level of testosterone.
There is no reason why most men can not enjoy an active sex life well into old age. Your chance of enjoying intercourse in your later years is determined largely by your daily habits and your emotional well-being. You can live in a way that puts the odds for maintaining sexual health in your favor or you can set yourself up for problems. If you want to prolong your sexual activities, try to follow these essential guidelines.
Eat a low-fat (very low trans fat) and high-fiber diet
Maintain a proper weight
Keep your blood pressure normal (120/80)
Exercise regular-at least three times per week
Do not smoke, chew or sniff tobacco
If you drink alcohol, drink moderately or avoid it altogether
The link between lifestyle habits and loss of sexual function is supported by the work of some French doctors who studied 440 men with erection problems. The doctors found that men with erection problems are likely to have one or more of the following, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high body fat, and high blood pressure. Many also smoked. In fact, the doctors found that every man they studied who had two or more of these major risk factors also had low blood pressure in his penis, which indicates poor blood flow, one cause of erection problems. Men can keep their sexual health in check if you follow the guidelines above.
by Linda A.