Drinking coffee linked to reduced risk of erectile dysfunction
Is there anything coffee cannot do?
A new study has found a correlation between coffee intake and the reduced risk of erectile dysfunction.
The study, carried out at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, found that men who consume more caffeine each day had a lower risk of erectile dysfunction.
"Even though we saw a reduction in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction with men who were obese, overweight and hypertensive, that was not true of men with diabetes. Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for erectile dysfunction, so this was not surprising," lead author Dr. David Lopez, assistant professor, said.
The study looked at more than 3,700 men tracked by the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Participants were asked to recall their caffeine intake from the prior 24 hours. Compared to those who consumed zero to 7 milligrams of caffeine a day, men who consumed 85 to 170 milligrams of caffeine a day were 42 per cent less likely to report erectile dysfunction, and those who consumed 171 to 303 milligrams of caffeine a day were 39 percent less likely to report the condition.
"These findings also support the latest U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee position that drinking three to five cups a day reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease; two conditions that are well established as significant risk factors for erectile dysfunction," said Dr. Natan Bar-Chama, director of Male Reproductive Medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Erectile dysfuction can be a devastating condition for men, causing lack of self-confidence, stress and relationship problems.
The majority of ED cases are caused by physical problems, including high blood pressure, overweight, obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol, though it can also be triggered by psychological issues.
The study authors believe that caffeine may help thwart impotence because it relaxes certain arteries and muscles in the penis, improving blood flow and the ability to have an erection.