A team of researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) has discovered that coffee does not only keep you awake, but it is also good for men’s sexual life. The study suggests that men who drink two to three cups of coffee on a daily basis are less likely to develop erectly dysfunction. In addition the risk will still remain lower irrespective of other physiological factors such as blood pressure or body weight.
The study involved 3,724 men who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The average age of the participants was 49. The results of the research are based on computer-assisted questionnaires. According to the findings men who consumed two to three cups of coffee – the equivalent of 85 to 170 mg of caffeine every day were 43% less likely to develop erectile dysfunction than men who only had only 7 mg of caffeine per day or not eat all. Those participants who drank 171 to 303 mg of caffeine on a daily basis were 39% less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.
The lead author of the study, David S. Lopez of the UTHealth School of Public Health said that they noted a reduction in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction in the case of overweight, obese and hypertensive men, but men with diabetes did not experience the same results. According to Lopez this is not surprising since diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for erectile dysfunction.
The researchers drew attention to the fact that the study has limitations such as the fact that some of the risk factors which are connected with erectile dysfunction were not taken into consideration. Such factors include cardiovascular disease. In addition it is important to keep in mind the fact that the study did not find a causative link between coffee consumption and lower risk of erectile dysfunction, but only an association between the two.
“We only found an association here; therefore, we can’t infer causality nor give any clinical recommendation at this moment.”
He also added that in spite of the fact that no clinical recommendation can be given for now the study remains a good foundation for further investigation of the effects caffeine has on urological health outcomes. He also pointed out that for this kind of studies more funding is needed.
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