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Coffee can help fight erectile dysfunction – study

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM

A new study from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, United States is suggesting that caffeine could reduce the likelihood of having erectile dysfunction (ED).

Researchers found that men over the age of 20 who consumed the caffeine equivalent of two to three cups of coffee a day were less likely to report ED issues than men who avoided the stimulant.

The connection was strongest in overweight men, noted study author David Lopez, Dr P.H., M.P.H., but he plans to investigate further into how the caffeine/ED link can affect different weight groups.

Caffeine has properties similar to ED drugs like Viagra, stated study co-author Dr Run Wang. The stimulant triggers a series of effects that cause the arteries in the penis to relax and the blood flow to increase - both keys to a strong erection.

Urology adviser, Dr Larry Lipshultz, is also warning men to keep their waists at an acceptable circumference as an oversized belly can harm vascular function, affecting blood flow, which will result in erectile problems.