Statins may improve erectile function

Common cholesterol drugs had been feared to hinder it

By Nathan Seppa, 10:12 AM April 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins seem to lessen erectile dysfunction, an analysis of 14 studies finds.

Scores on a five-item questionnaire that doctors use to assess erectile dysfunction in men improved or were unchanged in all but one of the studies, which included 11 randomized trials and three other studies. John Kostis, a cardiologist at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., and colleague Jeanne Dobrzynski analyzed the data, which Kost...

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