Two Cups Of Coffee A Day Keeps Erectile Dysfunction At Bay
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This should put a little spring in your morning wood.
Coffee might stain your teeth, and it’s certainly easy to get yourself hooked on the jolt it gives you, but now it seems that everyone’s favorite pick-me-up might actually play a big part in livening things up below the belt.
Now that we got all the obvious innuendo out of our system, let’s get to the facts. According to a study conducted at the University of Texas, drinking two — or even three — cups of coffee a day (or it’s caffeine equivalent of 170-375 mg) might significantly lower your chances of a bout with erectile dysfunction. Well, unless you’re overweight, hypertensive or diabetic. But hey, let’s tackle one problem at a time, shall we?
Prior to the study, scientists believed caffeine to be a vasoconstrictor, which means that it restricts or narrows blood vessels. However, upon conclusion, they now see that said constriction is much more mild than assumed, as well as only temporary. So coffee is, in fact, a vasodilator.
Oh, and as for all that “overweight, hypertensive or diabetic” talk, here’s what lead author and assistant professor at UTHealth School of Public Health David S Lopez had to say regarding the study:
Even though we saw a reduction in the prevalence of ED with men who were obese, overweight and hypertensive, that was not true of men with diabetes.
Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for ED, so this was not surprising.
So there you have it: obesity and high blood pressure weren’t the hiccup you thought they’d be (especially since we sort of purposely mislead you to build suspense). Unfortunately, diabetics sort of have a built-in ED tendency. Guess you truly can’t win ’em all, but this is a pretty strong start.