Cholesterol medication containing statins have been shown to improve erectile function.
A study released by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School shows that cholesterol medication taken to decrease LDL (low-density lipoproteins), otherwise know as the bad cholesterol, can increase blood flow to the penis. The self reporting evaluation consisted of a meta-analysis of eleven randomized controlled studies with respect to statins and their effects on erectile dysfunction.
The findings were released yesterday in The Journal of Sexual Medicine and at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session.
John B. Kostis, M.D. led the study at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Kostis stated, “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.” Though it’s not as potent as Viagra, the side effects of this cholesterol medication appear to have an up side.
Cholesterol medications that contain statins may relieve erectile dysfunction, but there are warnings against doing so solely for that purpose if you are in good health.
When asked about the takeaway from the studies, Dr.Kostis said in an interview with MedicalResearch.com that “Statins improved erectile function. This may help increase adherence to statin therapy among patients who who need statin treatment for primary or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.”
In summary, use cholesterol medications, even the ones with statins, not primarily for erectile dysfunction, but when they are needed to lower risks for heart attacks, decrease chances of strokes, and increase the HDL (high-density lipoproteins which are good). That they help increase blood flow where it’s needed is a positive side effect, but there are negative side effects as well. One drawback is that statins may cause lower testosterone production, thereby decreasing one’s libido.
He also states during this interview that researchers still need “Larger studies with longer duration and studies in combination with PDE5 inhibitors or testosterone.”
WebMD states that according to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 5% of 40-year-old men and between 15% and 25% of 65-year-old men experience ED on a long-term basis. Two of the common causes include heart disease and high cholesterol. Dr. Kostis states that erectile dysfuntion may be a “canary in a coal mine,” when it comes to precursor symptoms of cardiovascular disease.
As a result of this study, health researchers hope that these findings will encourage men to stick to their prescribed cholesterol medications that contain statins. Some of these cholesterol medications include Altoprev, Crestor, Lescol, Mevacor, Pravachol and Zocor.