Healthy Aging: Sexual Drive in Men over 50

by | Jun 17, 2022 | Issue 149, Issues | 0 comments

We often forget that we are not getting younger by busying ourselves with working and trying to make a living. This neglect often leads to us being sickly when we...

We often forget that we are not getting younger by busying ourselves with working and trying to make a living. This neglect often leads to us being sickly when we are older and alone. As we grow old, our bodies become fragile, and the activities that we do between our 20s and 40s take a toll on our health, especially our sexual drive. 

Our lifestyle and health management can influence healthy aging. Exercise, a healthy diet, regular visits to the doctor and good mental health contribute to healthy aging.


Why Do Older Men Lose Their Sexual Drive?

As per the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA), sexual health is equivalent to embracing and enjoying sexuality throughout our lives. Age inevitably takes its toll on the body, and as men get older, they may experience a decline in their sexual drive. This decline is caused by numerous factors, including changes in hormone levels, medical conditions and lifestyle choices. 

Men at any age can experience a low sexual drive, but men already in their 50s undergo both physical and environmental changes. Fortunately, there are steps men can take to improve their sexual health as they age.


#1: Testosterone

One of the key factors contributing to a healthy sex life as men get older is maintaining healthy hormone levels. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and it declines with age. Unfortunately, this decline leads to a loss of libido, as well as other health problems such as fatigue, depression and an increase in body fat. 

Fortunately, there are ways to boost testosterone levels naturally. Exercise, healthy eating and getting enough sleep can help keep hormones balanced.


#2: Medical Conditions

Another factor affecting a man’s sexual drive is medical conditions. Many common health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, can harm sexual health. 

Lifestyle choices also play a role in a man’s sex life as he gets older. Smoking, drinking alcohol and leading a sedentary lifestyle can negatively affect sexual health. Making healthy choices like quitting smoking, drinking in moderation and getting regular exercise can help improve overall health and well-being, including sexual health.


How to Be Healthy in Your 50s

The right lifestyle changes can ensure healthy aging and prevent future health problems along the way. Some tips for keeping your libido up in your 50s include:

  • Staying healthy: Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise can help keep your body healthy and functioning at its best.
  • Staying active: staying physically active can help keep you feeling young and full of life.
  • Taking care of your mental health: Keep your mind active and practice meditation and relaxation techniques to improve memory. Be informed of warning signs and always ask for help when struggling.
  • Communicating with your partner: Talking with your partner about your sexual needs and desires can help maintain a healthy and open relationship.
  • Seeing a doctor: If you are experiencing any problems with your libido, it’s essential to see a doctor. There could be an underlying medical condition causing the issue.

If you are experiencing any problems with your sexual drive, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor. They can help identify any potential causes and recommend treatments that may help improve your sexual health. You can enjoy healthy aging and a fulfilling sex life with the correct information and support.


A Parting Reminder

Small changes in your daily life help with healthy aging. It’s never too late to start making these changes and make yourself better because no matter how old we are, we should always take care of our health. It is always best to be old and healthy!

Drew B

Drew B