Modern treatments for erectile dysfunction got a kickstart in the ’90s almost by accident, following efforts to cure baldness. However, once the true market value of treating the condition was established, people quickly began to seek out newer options.
Among the areas now being researched for ED is the use of cholesterol-lowering medications and how they alone may impact the condition.
A team from the Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University is now pointing to a particular class of medications known as statins, which slow the liver’s ability to produce cholesterol. These are often administered for men with high blood pressure.
Examining the results of 11 randomized and controlled studies, the researchers concluded statins alone can help improve a man’s ability to get an erection.
The initial studies analyzed had each dealt with either statins or erectile dysfunction directly.
may impact the condition.”
“Older men who have poor cardiovascular health, diabetes or metabolic syndrome often experience erectile dysfunction – and the prevalence of these diseases is expected to increase,” said John B. Kostis, professor of medicine, director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the study’s principal investigator. “Our research indicates that statins not only improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack, but also improve erectile function in the men included in our analysis.”
Kostis cautions doctors, however, that it’s too early to start writing statin prescriptions specifically for men with erectile issues. He advises waiting until the link between cause and effect is better understood.
He also encourages men to view the appearance of ED as a warning sign and an indication to go see a doctor. Perhaps, he speculates, the added benefits of the drug might lead more men to remember to take it.
The results were presented in March at the American College of Cardiology’s annual scientific session and were published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
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