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Cholesterol Medications : Are statins good for your love life?
Cholesterol Medications : Are statins good for your love life?

Cholesterol Medications : Are statins good for your love life?

Those who take cholesterol-lowering statins to keep their heart health in shape can further chill as statins have now been linked with a significant improvement in erectile function.

“For men with erectile dysfunction who need statins to control cholesterol, this may be an extra benefit,” said John B. Kostis from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the Rutgers University.

Dr. Kostis suggested that ED may serve as a warning sign of cardiovascular disease. “Similar to a canary in a coal mine,” he said.

In such patients, prescribing statins following the detection of cardiovascular disease could offer early benefits in addition to improved sexual function. He cautioned, however, that until further study is conducted, statins should not be prescribed for erectile dysfunction alone or when it may be caused by psychosocial factors. Kostis added that further study is needed to determine the link between statin therapy and the improvement of erectile function.

“Ultimately, a healthy lifestyle is the best method to prevent disease, including erectile dysfunction,” said Kostis. “But statin therapy has been proven to provide long-term benefits in reducing cardiovascular disease and the detrimental consequences associated with it. Offering statin therapy to improve erectile function may extend these benefits further.”

Kostis added that he hopes this added benefit of statins on better erectile performance will encourage men to adhere to taking the medication as prescribed by their physician.

The study is a meta-analysis of 11 randomized controlled research studies on erectile dysfunction and statins that all used the International Inventory of Erectile Function – a self-reporting evaluation of male sexual function that is considered the standard of measurement in clinical trials of ED. There was no relationship of the average age of trial participants and the degree of LDL cholesterol lowering of statin with the outcome of the analysis.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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