Men: Do THIS. Improve Your Sex Life?Taking statins to lower your cholesterol will not only be good for your heart health, but also may enhance your sex life by improving erectile function, according to researchers from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Older men who have poor cardiovascular health, type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome often experience erectile dysfunction. And statins, which are commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol, will not only reduce a man's risk of heart attack and stroke, but also improve his erectile function.
To arrive at this conclusion, the Rutgers team conducted a meta-analysis of 11 randomized controlled research studies on erectile dysfunction and statins that all used the International Inventory of Erectile Function, a self-reporting evaluation of male sexual function that is considered the standard of measurement in clinical trials of ED. There was no relationship between the average age of trial participants and the degree of LDL cholesterol lowering of statin with the outcome of the analysis.
But do note this: Erectile dysfunction is more than an annoyance. It may be a warning sign of cardiovascular disease.
Lead study author John B. Kostis, M.D. says that for such men, prescribing statins following the detection of cardiovascular disease could offer early benefits in addition to improved sexual function.
However, until further studies are conducted, statins should not be prescribed for erectile dysfunction only, since this could be caused by psychosocial factors.
"Ultimately, a healthy lifestyle is the best method to prevent disease, including erectile dysfunction," said Kostis. "But statin therapy has been proven to provide long-term benefits in reducing cardiovascular disease and the detrimental consequences associated with it. Offering statin therapy to improve erectile function may extend these benefits further."
Kostis added that he hopes this added benefit of statins on better erectile performance will encourage men to adhere to taking the medication as prescribed by their physician.
The study findings were published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
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