Coffee May Perk Up More Than Men’s Brains: It Could Stave Off Erectile Dysfunction

According to a new study, caffeine intake is linked to reduced odds of having erectile dysfunction (ED) in men who drink the equivalent of two to three cups of coffee per day. Among the lifestyle factors that are known to put a man at risk of ED – poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and alcohol consumptions – caffeine has not been of the biggest candidates. But the new study suggests that like other areas of physical and mental health, ED may be another beneficiary of caffeine’s fascinating benefits. Since erectile function, and dysfunction, is in some ways an extension of cardiovascular health – and caffeine is known to have certain cardiovascular benefits – the idea that it could also help ED may not be so surprising. But for men who are devout coffee drinkers, the results may come as good news.

Erectile dysfunction affects about 18 million men over the age of 20, and among middle-aged men, the numbers grow: about 44% of men over 40 suffer from it, and 70% of men over the age of 70 do.

Men with diabetes did not experience the same protective effects from caffeine, possibly because diabetes brings with it its own set of vascular problems.

But experts don’t often recommend picking up a new habit (especially with an addictive substance) if a person has gone his whole life without it. It’s probably worth talking with your doctor if you’re considering starting a coffee habit. But if you’re currently a caffeine partaker, it’s good to know that among its many health benefits, sexual health may be yet another.

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