Erectile dysfunction weighing you down?

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

My friend, a medical doctor, told me, “If you want to help people with diabetes, high BP and heart disease make lifestyle changes and get well, tell them about the connection of these conditions to erectile dysfunction.” 

We live in a world where lifestyle diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure are considered normal. If they can be controlled by medicines, we don't worry too much about them. But when it comes to problems like erectile dysfunction (ED), the outlook is totally different. This problem is distressing, and it’s even more difficult to handle because men tend to shy away from talking about it. Drugs like ‘Viagra’ are in huge demand and their use is almost considered normal. Some even regard them as recreational drugs. ED is that rampant!

The good news is that erectile dysfunction can be reversed in most cases. As with any disease, understanding the cause is imperative before tackling the condition itself. Erectile dysfunction is closely linked to blood flow, and blood flow is linked to diseases such as high blood pressure and heart disease, diabetes or prediabetes. So, ED is often a precursor to all lifestyle diseases. And, fortunately, as these lifestyle diseases can be reversed, ED too can become a problem of the past. 

I have seen so many patients recover from this issue with the whole plant-based diet and regain their self-confidence. Why not give it a try?


The Flag Still Rises

Watch some excerpts from the amazing documentary Forks over Knives where a doctor talks about ED.

Cucumber Tomato Salad with Peanuts

This yummy and super easy to whip up salad is a must – try indeed! Enjoy it with a meal or even as a snack during the day.


  • 1 cup cubed cucumber
  • 1 cup cubed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup crushed roasted peanuts
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp date paste
  • thai chili powder to taste
  • lemon juice to taste


Mix all the ingredients and serve.

Serves 2

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Erectile dysfunction destroying your mood?

Too many people think that erectile dysfunction is normal if you are over 50. This is a myth. Erectile dysfunction is all too often the result of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart malfunction. These cause low testosterone levels that lead up to ED.

You can get rid of this annoying disability just by understanding the causes and removing them from your lifestyle. Here are a few tips to bring back the buzz into your sex life, and feel young again!

1. Lose weight 

All that belly fat needs to go. Help is at hand with the SHARAN lifestyle!

2. Increase fibre in the diet

Fibre has a property of holding onto fat and thinning the blood. This in turn helps reduce atherosclerosis, lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow. Make sure that all your food is plant based (only plants have fibre) and whole (to retain all that fibre)

3. Avoid free fats

Do away with oil, butter, and ghee (yes, ghee – no matter what you may hear, ghee is not good for the heart or blood pressure). Fat only clogs your arteries, adding to the ED.  Learn how to make delicious fat free food!

4. Avoid dairy

Dairy is full of fat, contains no fibre, and raises insulin levels, which in turn causes ED

5. Increase antioxidants

Raw fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants

6. Avoid cholesterol

Cholesterol is only found in animal products, including dairy, and is a huge cause of blocked arteries. Giving up all animal products is definitely the way to go 

7. Make sure Vitamin 12 is supplemented if necessary

Low vitamin B12 levels result in high homocysteine levels, which can also cause arterial blockages

8. Get rid of diabetes and high blood pressure

Don't just control your conditions through medicines. Get rid of them through whole plant-based organic diet and lifestyle. ED can be the precursor of both diabetes and high BP 

9. Get healthy again

ED can be the side-effect of some medications

10. Get plenty of rest

Stress does not help the cause. It only makes it worse

11. Exercise regularly

Exercise surely helps reduce weight and stress

12. Avoid smoking

Tobacco clogs blood vessels

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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Head of Mumbai, Reyna K Rupani, She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health Gain & Weight Loss program and also conducts health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more.

Edited by Vasanti Sundaram, Bangalore who has also benefitted from the SHARAN programmes, and now spreads awareness of plant based lifestyle through her talks.

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