Will Statins Help Viagra ''Cure'' ED?

Not so long ago, I posted a report in which a professor of neurology called statins Viagra for the brain. Bet he never suspected his off-hand comment about this dangerous class of drugs would be tested in a laboratory setting...

A high dose of Lipitor improved the erectile dysfunction of a small group of patients who were non-responders to Viagra alone, not terribly surprising considering such problems are the earliest indicator of a cardiovascular problem.

Erectile dysfunction occurs, scientists said, because the body doesn't make enough nitric oxide. Viagra allows the body to hold onto what little nitric oxide a body manufactures to create an erection. Patients who were given Lipitor, rather than a placebo, then Viagra again, reported some improvement.

Fact is, you don't need drugs like Lipitor or Viagra -- an addictive and worthless "two-pill-cure" if there ever was one -- if you're willing to make some simple lifestyle changes that cost you nothing more than your time:

Journal of Sexual Medicine, Vol. 3, No. 2, March 2006: 303-308

Science Daily February 23, 2006

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