Statins For High Cholesterol Could Improve Erectile Function

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , /

We all know that getting some men to go to
the doctor can be difficult — but here’s some news that might make those suffering
from high cholesterol more likely to make that appointment. A new study from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School found that statins, drugs typically given to reduce bad cholesterol and lower
the risk of heart attack, may improve erectile function in men. (Via American College of
Cardiology) The meta-analysis looked at 14 previous studies
and found the drugs had a statistically significant effect on erectile function. Those taking
statins reported an overall improvement of 24.3 percent. (Via AstraZeneca) But, while significant, the researchers behind
the study say statins may not be ready to take on that little blue pill. Quoted by Counsel and Heal, lead investigator
John Kostis said, “The increase in erectile function scores with statins was approximately
one-third to one-half of what has been reported with drugs like Viagra, Cialis or Levitra.” The researchers also note that statins shouldn’t
be used by men who don’t have high cholesterol just for the erectile effects, though it might
make those with high cholesterol more likely to stay on their medication. (Via Researchers pointed out erectile improvement
from statins was greater than just altering lifestyle habits. The study was published
in the The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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