Despite the fact the smartest guy in Paleoworld (Kurt Harris) tells us to avoid the whole cholesterol screening thing,(I call it VAP Theater!) countless cholesterol questions appear on Paleohacks. I realize that it is hard to stand on the tracks while the conventional wisdom locomotive is bearing down on all of us.
I propose a new heart disease test. For the males: Since going paleo are your erections harder,thicker, and more frequent? If yes, I doubt you're developing Cardiovascular disease. If the micro arteries in the penis are getting more pliable, thus the harder erections, I can't fathom how the much larger arteries elsewhere are not doing the same.
It can be an indicator of a defect in nitric oxide metabolism. Nitric oxide is responsible for dilation of blood vessels and plays a big role in both cardiovascular health and the, erm, love-stick. It can be a substrate problem, simply too little arginine or nitrate from vegetables. Be sure to be getting enough nitrate from vegetables or arginine from food or supplements. It can also be a mechanistic problem and I'm not sure of the biochemistry of that, but it happens.
I can't really tell how it applies to paleo eating at the moment. My penis is on an unscheduled meat fast diet right now. Although, I would think that erection problems could be caused by arterial disease, it can be cause by many other things also. Needless to say, if my penis wouldn't work for some reason I would probably think I had all kinds of problems and would try to do my best to eliminate possibilities with the most likely first. Statistically, that would be starting with psychological problems first.
Good question. My erections now are definately fuller and thicker (almost painful) and they feel like they are trying to burst through the skin. Its my opinion though it has a lot to do with my hormones being optimized now through a more healthey diet.
For about the last 7 years I had not been waking up in the morning with erections, I simply thought it was part of the aging process. Prior to 7 years ago I always did. Since going Paleo I have re established this trend.
the young get nice morning wood, the older we get the less wood we get. if you got your morning wood back on the paleo diet lifestyle then you are growing younger and not older.
sometimes we try to let science get in the way of what is staring us in the face. i mean come on people, just look in the mirror.