Lower Cholesterol = Low Sex Drive

Who knew there was such a strong connection between cholesterol and sex? But there is! Apparently, taking statins not only helps to lower cholesterol, it also reduces testosterone levels, possibly leading to erectile dysfunction. Hear what the expert has to say about this ThirdAger's experience with statins, cialis, and ED.

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QUESTION: My wife and I have always had a healthy sex life but lately I'm not to able take care of matters. My physician prescribed Cialis, which works, but I don't want to rely on medicine at my age! According to blood tests, I still have high cholesterol, so I have to keep taking my statin drug. What should I do?

ANSWER: Your medicine might be hampering your bedroom bliss. Getting an erection requires healthy circulation. When blood flow is impaired to the heart, it's called angina. When it's impaired to the penis, it's called "erectile dysfunction," or ED. These two conditions often go hand-in-hand because they are a problem of circulation, but physicians often treat them separately. In come the blood-thinners and sex pills. They get the job done, however, they don't fix the problem of clogged pipelines and poor blood flow. The underlying disease progresses until you have a heart attack or a stroke.

If you have ED, assume (until proven otherwise) that you have mild heart disease or pre-diabetes, even though the problem area is in your jeans. The focus of testing should be to rule out those conditions using micronutrient and hormone panels offered by SpectraCell, Genova or Metametrix labs. Conventional blood tests won't paint a full picture of hormones such as cortisol, DHEA, testosterone, estradiol and progesterone. Statins makes sexual matters worse because they are drug muggers for testosterone hormone. You need a little T to get to the big O. Ladies do, too. Your statin drug reduces cholesterol, and therefore reduces testosterone levels. This crashes sex drive and could lead to shrinking testicles. Losing weight will help tremendously because it improves blood flow and helps balance hormones. The more fat cells you have, the more estrogen you have. High estrogen causes low testosterone and you need testosterone to woo your beloved.
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