One to three cups of coffee per day may help to keep erectile dysfunction away according to a new study carried out on 3700 U.S. male citizens.
Coffee, that social drink that keeps all consumers alert and connected, delighting their mornings, afternoons or evening rendezvous, is now proved to offer added perks for the male population.
The study published in the PLOS ONE journal concludes that caffeine intake significantly reduces the risks of developing erectile dysfunction in men. This condition is known to affect 18 million men. These include both 20 year olds, as well as middle aged or older.
Thus, 44 percent of men in the age category of 40 suffer from erectile dysfunction, while 70 percent of men over 70 present the same condition.
For the study, 3,700 men were pooled for a survey that featured questions regarding diets, exercises routines, alcohol and caffeine consumption, erectile dysfunction and other lifestyle factors that could influence the condition.
Out of all factors, what draw the attention of the research team was that men who reported an intake of 85 to 170 mg of caffeine per day proved 42 percent less prone to erectile dysfunction. Another category that reported an intake of 171 to 303 mg per day proved 39 percent less likely to develop the same condition.
Since coffee and heart health research go hand in hand for quite a while, the research team believes that the benefits of moderate intake of caffeine may extend to erectile function or dysfunction for that matter. Good blood flow and cardiovascular health reflect on a healthy sex life.
Risk factors for erectile dysfunction usually include a poor diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of physical activity. There is one habit that doesn’t seem to make it to the black list and that is coffee drinking.
The results held up even for men accusing a high blood pressure, as well as for those that are overweight or obese. Caffeine intake in a moderate amount of one to three cups per day significantly increases the chances for good erectile function.
For men who are suffering from diabetes, which is one of the causes of erectile dysfunction as it carries its own set of vascular complications, caffeine intake does not have the same effects.
“Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for ED, so this was not surprising,”
said study author David S. Lopez in a statement.
Nonetheless, this holds true mostly for men who have been coffee drinkers for a longer while. Picking up a new addictive habit might have counter effects on other sides.
Therefore, keep in mind that the recommended caffeine dose that wards off erectile dysfunction is in between 85 and 170 mg per day. And do not abuse the brew.
In support of the new study, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee stated that drinking three to five cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of type two diabetes, as well as that of heart disease.
These two conditions have been well established as being significant risk factors for erectile dysfunction.
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