A Downer for Smokers
May 19 â€” Smokers may already have enough reasons to quit, but researchers have found another reason that'll definitely grab the attention of a lot of men.
A new study says men who smoke and have high blood pressure are 27 times more likely to be impotent than non-smokers.
The small study of 60 men was funded by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. It found that even former smokers had higher incidence of erectile dysfunction than non-smokers.
"It certainly gives family physicians and other primary care physicians ammunition when they confront a male patient with high blood pressure who smokes to tell them 'look, you are 27 times more likely to experience problems with intercourse," said Dr. John Spangler of Wake Forest University. ""I think that will really grab men's attention quickly."
According to Spangler, hypertension and smoking in and of themselves are both known to be risk factors for erectile dysfunction. However, smoking incurs an additional risk on top of hypertension.
"Our study is a first in a primary care population to document exactly how much more beyond hypertension smoking adds to the risk of erectile dysfunction," Spangler said.