Can a couple of cups of coffee a day put a stop to erectile dysfunction? According to researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, it just might.
In a recent study, investigators took a closer look at the relationship between caffeine and ED. The research involved examining the data from a large-scale survey in which men were asked to report their caffeine intake. What they found is piquing a lot of interest.
Men who drank between 85 and 170 milligrams of daily caffeine were 42 percent less likely to suffer from ED. Similarly, guys who consumed 171 to 303 milligrams a day reduced their odds by 39 percent. What’s more is that these results held true even among men who were overweight or obese. The same goes for hypertensive men.
One notable finding was that the same couldn’t be said for men with diabetes.
“Even though we saw a reduction in the prevalence of ED with men who were obese, overweight and hypertensive, that was not true of men with diabetes,” lead author Dr. David S. Lopez said in a UTHealth press release. “Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for ED, so this was not surprising,”
While the findings are not able to prove cause and effect at this point, they do raise some valid questions. Mainly, would drinking two to three cups of coffee a day actually stave off erectile dysfunction?
If it does, researchers have some ideas as to how it might happen? It appears that caffeine may ultimately improve blood flow in the penis by relaxing key muscles and arteries. This, in turn, works against impotence.
According to UTHealth, about 18 million men in the United States suffer from ED.