Age affects men in a variety of ways, and one unpleasant result of aging -- penile desensitization -- is all too common, as many men know. But while loss of penis sensitivity is a natural symptom of getting older, it can also occur for a variety of other reasons, including underlying medical conditions and lifestyle factors. Some of the most common of these are as follows:

1) Low Testosterone is a common culprit behind penile desensitization. Lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, alcohol intake, and poor diet, as well as health conditions such as diabetes and obesity, may contribute to low levels of testosterone. Men with low sensitivity may consider having their hormone levels tested. To combat low-T, consider quitting smoking, limit alcohol consumption, and include a healthy diet and exercise as a part of your personal care routine.

2) Sedentary Lifestyles are also a major contributing factor to loss of penis sensitivity. Sitting for long periods of time restricts blood flow to the area, which can lead to nerve damage and eventual loss of sensation. To counteract this issue, make a habit of getting up and moving around frequently, at least once per hour, whether you are at work, behind the wheel, or sitting on the couch at home.

3) Friction from dry rubbing of the penis or from tight clothing can damage the outer layers of skin, creating a toughened layer that is less responsive to touch. Wearing loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics like cotton and using a personal lubricant during self-stimulation or sex, can alleviate the impact of friction.

4) Nerve Damage from Diabetes, or diabetic neuropathy, affects the extremities of the body, including the penis. This can lead to pain, numbness and tingling, and it can make it more difficult for men to achieve or maintain an erection. Treating the underlying condition and keeping blood sugar under control is crucial to prevent or reverse symptoms of neuropathy.

5) Prostate Cancer also has a variety of symptoms relating to the male anatomy, including frequent, bloody or painful urination, incontinence and loss of sensitivity leading to erectile dysfunction.

Treating loss of sensitivity in the penis is not always straightforward, and it may require numerous changes, such as:

- Exercising. Even a half-hour a day of physical exercise such as walking the dog, cleaning the car, or doing a little yard work can help drop off those excess pounds.

- Eating healthy. A diet that is rich in lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and plenty of vegetables and fresh fruits is optimal for overall health, as well as maintaining appropriate sexual function.

- Drinking less. Keep consumption to no more than 3-4 drinks per week to avoid the negative effects of alcohol.

- Seeing a doctor regularly for periodic check-ups; and for those with health conditions such as diabetes, following the recommended treatment plan.

In addition to these measures, many men have reported that using a penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) can significantly restore sensation that has been lost due to issues such as friction, as well as diabetic neuropathy and other nerve-related conditions. A quality crème can be a super-weapon against sensation loss, with vitamins and nutrients that are essential to the wellbeing of the penile skin, such as vitamin C for collagen production; Shea butter, which hydrates the skin, leaving the area soft and smooth; and amino acids L carnitine and L arginine, which have neuroprotective properties for better nerve health.