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Major statin study reveals several important findings for reducing prostate cancer and disease
Date:4/25/2009

who did not use statins.

Overall, statin use was not significantly associated with a decreased risk of developing ED. However, statins were associated with a decreased risk of ED among older men (>60 years). Men in this age category who used statins were less likely to develop ED, compared to older men who did not use statins. Additionally, men who took statins for a longer time were more protected against developing ED. For example, men who took statins for nearly nine years or more were 64 percent less likely to develop ED, while men who took statins for less than three years had about the same risk of developing ED. compared to men who did not take statins.

"Protection of vascular health remains an important concomitant of preserving erectile health. Our data suggest that longer use of statins may result in the lowest risk of erectile dysfunction," says Ajay Nehra, M.D. , Mayo Clinic urologist and senior study author.

ED is common, and prevalence increases with age. It affects 5 to 10 percent of men at age 40. By age 70, from 40 to 60 percent of men have the condition.

Statin Use May Prevent Prostate Enlargement (April 28, 1:00-3:00 p.m. CDT)

Benign prostatic enlargement affects one in four men ages 40 to 50 and almost half of 70- to 80-year-old men. The condition is most often diagnosed when men visit their physicians due to urinary problems prompted by prostate enlargement. Mayo Clinic researchers have found that taking statins may prevent or delay benign prostatic enlargement.

Of the 2,447 men studied, 729 (30 percent) were statin users; researchers found that statin users were 63 percent less likely to develop lower urinary tract problems and 57 percent less likely to develop an enlarged prostate.

"Statins have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, and previous research suggests inflammation may be associated with be
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