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Soft Drinks Might Be Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Soft Drinks Might Be Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Men might want to think twice before opening that can of soda.

Studies have shown a possible connection between drinking soft drinks and erectile dysfunction (ED).

Actually, the ingredients in soft drinks are the problem. While sweet, carbonated beverages can taste delicious, the excess sugar and calories aren’t good for the body. They can contribute to metabolic syndrome, an overall condition that includes high blood sugar, high blood pressure, obesity, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and high triglycerides. Eventually, metabolic syndrome can lead to diabetes.

The components of metabolic syndrome can interfere with erections. For example, high blood sugar can make it difficult for the brain and penis to communicate with each other. This is important when a man is sexually stimulated, as the brain needs to send a message to the penis, “telling” it to start an erection.

High blood pressure can cause plaque to build up on artery walls, limiting blood flow to the penis, which is necessary for a firm erection. And obesity can lower a man’s testosterone, an essential hormone for erections.

The good news is that men can reduce their risk of metabolic syndrome by following a sensible diet, one low in sugar and calories. Healthy eating isn’t just good for a man’s sex life; it benefits his entire well-being.

If you have questions about your diet, be sure to talk to your doctor. He or she can help you make wise dietary choices and develop a fitness plan if you need to lose some extra pounds.

It’s also important to note that some experts believe diet soft drinks should be consumed with caution and should not be considered substitutes for the non-diet varieties.

For more information on metabolic syndrome and a man’s sexual health, please see the following links:

Body Weight and Sexual Health

High Blood Pressure and Sexual Problems

Metabolic Syndrome More than Doubles ED Risk

Neuropathy a Common Cause of ED

What Causes Low Testosterone?


Central European Journal of Urology via PMC

Adamowicz, Jan and Tomasz Drewa

“Is there a link between soft drinks and erectile dysfunction?”

(Full-text. Published online: September 6, 2011)

University of Rochester Medical Center

“Metabolic Syndrome and Soft Drink Consumption”