Erectile Dysfunction and Sleep Apnea
posted: 10/23/2008 12:00 am
Recent research is showing that a characteristic of Sleep Apnea called "Chronic Intermittent Hypoxia" (CIH) or lack of oxygen in the body, may contribute to Erectile Dysfunction (ED). In a study of mice, University of Louisville researchers found a decrease in erectile functioning after one week with CIH. After five weeks with CIH, attempts at mating by these mice slowed. The researchers found that after several weeks at standard oxygen levels, and with the added benefits of a drug called tadalafil (Cialis), erectile functioning in the mice was almost back to normal. Sleep Apnea and Erectile Dysfunction can be warnings of other health conditions so it is important to seek a health care provider if you experience either.
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