Now, this advice shouldn’t be too difficult to follow.
A new study has found that regular erections could be the key to a good sex life in old age.
The inspiring research, published this week in Science, found that penile connective tissue cells, called fibroblasts, play a vital role in erectile function.
“Fibroblasts are the most abundant cells in the penis of both mice and humans, but they have been ignored in research,” Eduardo Guimaraes, first author of the article, said in a statement.
“Now we can show, using a very precise method called optogenetics, that they have a very important role in regulating blood flow in the penis, which is what makes the penis erect,” he added.
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University in Sweden gave mice regular erections by stimulating a region in their brain responsible for arousal and then analyzed the fibroblasts.
The study found that fibroblasts cause blood vessels in the penis to widen, leading to longer-lasting erections.
The effectiveness of this process depends on the number of fibroblasts, meaning that the more erections a man has, the more fibroblasts will be available to help him stay erect in the future.
They also discovered that more erections generate more fibroblasts and vice versa.
The ability to achieve an erection decreases as men age, which researchers say could be due to fewer fibroblasts in the penis.
Therefore, the more erections a man has at an early age, the easier it will be for him to maintain them in old age.
“Actually, it’s not that strange. If you try hard, your body adapts. If you run regularly, over time you will find it easier to breathe while running,” explained Christian Göritz, director of the study.
The basic mechanisms of erection are similar in all mammals, except that men do not have any bones in the penis, which means that effective regulation of blood flow is probably even more important in humans.
Experts believe this new information about fibroblasts will spur new treatments for erectile dysfunction, and at least one could be very nice.
Erectile dysfunction, which affects almost 70% of men by age 70, is usually treated with oral medications such as Viagra and Cialis and, in more severe cases, with a penile implant or vacuum erection device.
For his part, tech mogul Bryan Johnson is literally wowing his member as part of his journey to always stay young and tall.
However, many experts advise against this intensive treatment and recommend that men opt for more traditional methods.