Don't discourage your man from having a second cup of coffee, a new study urges. Turns out, that piping hot cup of joe he enjoys may boost more than just his mental energy.

Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, found that men who consume more caffeine each day had a lower risk of erectile dysfunction. But there was an exception— Men with diabetes who consumed extra caffeine didn't lower their odds.

"Even though we saw a reduction in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction with men who were obese, overweight and hypertensive, that was not true of men with diabetes. Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for erectile dysfunction, so this was not surprising," said lead author Dr. David Lopez, assistant professor at The University of Tennessee School of Public Health, in a university news release.

The researchers say roughly two to three cups of coffee a day could reduce the risk of impotence. The study authors believe the stimulant helps relax certain arteries and muscles in the penis, while also improving blood flow and a person’s ability to have an erection— even for men who are overweight or hypertensive.

Maybe the Italians are onto something with that after-dinner espresso. Do you have a secret, ahem, remedy for perking things up down there?



HealthDay: Coffee May Help Men Keep Impotence at Bay