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What causes low libido in men?

Men and women of all ages can suffer from low libido because the causes of it can happen to anyone. Traditionally, many believe that low libido is a men-only problem because it is universally perceived that sexual performance lies with men. But women go through times of low libido, and they are equally stressed when that happens.

Low libido in men

That said, men are more traumatised when their libido is low because men have far less solutions to remedy the problem in the immediate timeframe (wink) than women.

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Here are some reasons that men might suffer from low libido.

1. Low testosterone

Testosterone is the male hormone. It is the main hormone responsible for sexual performance and appetite in men. Testosterone levels naturally go down as you age. It is however, possible to replenish testosterone deficiency by following the right diet along with testosterone supplements or even replacement therapy. Keep in mind that testosterone is actually made by your body after metabolizing certain select nutrients. Aphrodisiacs can help bring the levels up again.

2. Depression, stress

Sex is as much a mental exercise as it is physical. Physical intimacy stimulates the brain to get it in the mood for sex . Any feelings of stress, anxiety and sadness can wreak havoc with the ability of your brain to respond with equal alacrity to such stimulus, hampering your libido and leaving you with pure disinterest or little to no energy for sex.

3. Consuming too much sugar

Don t you just love that high that comes after eating sugar? And what about the crash about two hours later? Excessive consumption of sugar leads to insulin resistance which is the leading cause of erectile dysfunction especially in men suffering from diabetes or heart disease. High-sugar diet leaves you more tired than you ought to be, giving you little energy to indulge in the things that you like including sex.

4. Chronic illness

The connection between chronic illness and libido is a catch-22 situation. Chronic illness, especially those disorders that are directly linked to obesity also lead to loss of libido. Correspondingly, low libido is often a strong signal that your body systems are not working right. Turning off your body s fat switch may be the first step you can undertake your reset your sexual systems.

5. 'Malnutrition'

The deficiency of nutrients like Vitamin D, Zinc, Selenium and certain vitamins can lower your sexual appetite. These are certain micronutrients that your body absolutely needs to function right. Micronutrients are available in your body in extremely small quantities so when deficiencies creep up, the body utilizes them for high-priority tasks leaving very little for happy pleasures.

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