Coffee and erectile dysfunction: What's the link?
Men may want to take note of the power of coffee for keeping erectile dysfunction at bay. Researchers have discovered drinking two cups of coffee a day seems to have a positive effect on blood flow to the penis, which in turn could potentially keep your man parts in good working order.
The study carried out by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and published in the journal PLOS ONE found men that consume 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day, even those with obesity and high blood pressure, were less likely to experience erectile dysfunction compared to men who don’t drink no or little coffee.
A total of 3,724 men over the age of 20 were surveyed for the study. They were questioned about caffeine intake including sodas and tea. One cup of coffee was associated with a 42 percent lower chance of erectile dysfunction. Researchers then compared reported erection problems to men that consume less than 7mg of caffeine a day.
How caffeine might lower chances of erection problems
Past studies have found obesity and high blood pressure are both risk factors for erectile dysfunction. Another risk is diabetes. In the new study researchers found coffee had no effect for lowering erectile dysfunction for diabetic men.
Erectile dysfunction occurs when blood flow to the penis is compromised; often from blockages in the small blood vessels, medication use and a variety of other factors. Young men can also have difficulty achieving and maintaining erection that is sometimes associated with anxiety and unhealthy lifestyle practices such as smoking, sedentary lifestyle and alcohol consumption. Obesity has also been implicated as a risk for erectile dysfunction.
The UTHealth researchers note that 85 percent of men over age 20 suffer from erectile dysfunction. Boston University School of Sexual Medicine reports ten percent of men age 40 to 70 have erectile dysfunction that prevent any sexual activity and 5 to ten percent of men under age 40 experience the condition.
Caffeine appears to increase blood flow to the penis by setting off a series of physiologic events that relax the arteries involved in erection. Coffee also seems to relax the sponge like tissue inside the penis, lowering the risk of erectile dysfunction.