Coffee May Lower Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

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Consuming two to three cups of coffee may may help men lower their risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) - even if they are struggling with another debilitating condition. That's the conclusion of a recent study at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

ED is the most common form of sexual dysfunction in men, affecting more than 18 million men aged 20 and older in the US.

For the study 3,724 men were analyzed, all of whom were 20 years of age or older. The researchers did online interviews to determine if a person had ED. All of the study participants had to log the food and drinks they had consumed in the past day, creating a 24-hour diet profile. the most common caffeine sources were coffee, soda, energy drinks and tea.

Within the group, 30.7 percent of the men were struggling with obesity, 40.9 percent were overweight, 51 percent had high blood pressure and 12.4 had diabetes.

Men who drank the equivalent of two to three cups of coffee a day were about 40 percent less likely to have ED than the men who who little or no coffee. Higher caffeine levels reduced ED risk in men across the board, including those who were struggling with being overweight or obesity.

Scientists are still unsure as to why caffeine helps ED, but suspect it relaxes penile muscles and stimulates blood flow to arteries. However, they noted that since the study did not cover other risk factors such as cardiovascular disease, more research is needed.