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May 20, 2010

A study published yesterday in the Archives of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery has found that Viagra could double a man’s risk of hearing loss with regular use.

Researchers said that while one in  six men over 40 who did not take the drug had some sort of hearing loss, the instance jumped to one in three among those who did.


Jack Mydlo, a urologist at Temple University’s School of Medicine, worries that some men could rush into using Viagra or other drugs to treat ED – putting themselves at unneeded risk.

“The last thing I want them to do is take a pill and jump in bed because a certain part of the mechanism for erections is psychological. They have to be in the right mood, with the right person and take care of themselves,” he said.

Instead of opting for the little blue pill, Mydlo suggests three lifestyle changes that could help:

  • Quit smoking. “The number one thing we can do to stop erectile dysfunction is to stop smoking. It’s the number one environmental cause of ED in our society,” said Mydlo.
  • Watch what you eat.  “Men with a cholesterol level of 240 or higher have almost a twofold increase of ED compared to a man who has lower cholesterol numbers.”
  • Lose weight. Losing weight will improve the testosterone to estrogen ratio, which may improve libido. “Adipose tissue in body fat converts testosterone to estrogen, and lower levels of testosterone can make it difficult for a man to achieve an erection, no matter how many pills they take,” he said.

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