Coffee reduces risk of erectile dysfunction — study

This is good news for men. A recent study suggested that two cups of coffee daily reduces the risk of erectile dysfunction or impotence.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It can cause stress, affect a man's self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems.

An increased blood flow into a man's genital stimulated by either sexual thoughts or direct contact can cause erection, the absence of which can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment.

The possible cure? Coffee.

A new study from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston suggests that caffeine, the bitter substance found in coffee, could reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction.

Researchers found out that men who consumed at least two cups of coffee a day were less likely to report ED issues than those who steered clear of the stimulant.

Study author David Lopez, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. reportedly said that although the chance of erectile dysfunction lessened in men who were overweight or having high blood pressure, it has no effect on men with diabetes.

According to study co-author Run Wang, M.D., caffeine triggers a series of effects that cause the arteries in a man's genital to relax and the blood flow to increase, which are key factors for an erection.

Sources: New York Post, The Telegraph, Healthline, Mayo Clinic, Wikipedia
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