Inhaling pure oxygen ‘as effective as Viagra’

Inhaling pure oxygen ‘as effective as Viagra’

  • About half of men ages 40 to 70 experience erectile dysfunction



New research shows that inhaling pure oxygen for 90 minutes a day could be as effective as Viagra for treating impotence, without any of the side effects and potentially longer-lasting results.

Men who underwent treatment had an average 50% improvement in their erectile function. The effects last from one month of treatment up to 18 months in some cases.

About half of men aged 40 to 70 experience erectile dysfunction, which is the inability to get or maintain an erection, according to the British Association of Urological Surgeons.

Nine out of ten men with ED have at least one underlying physical cause, such as heart disease, diabetes, or taking certain medications, including high blood pressure and depression (which can cause the blood vessels that supply the penis to narrow, resulting in impotence. Blood sufficiency). for erection).

ED is usually treated with phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitor medications, including sildenafil (Viagra) and tadalafil (Cialis), which increase blood flow to the penis.

ED is usually treated with phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitor medications, including sildenafil (Viagra, pictured) and tadalafil (Cialis), which increase blood flow to the penis.

It can be very effective but is not suitable for all men, including those taking nitrate medications for angina and those with a serious heart or liver problem.

ED drugs and nitrates cause blood vessels to dilate – so combining them can cause a sharp drop in blood pressure, increasing your risk of heart attack or stroke.

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Possible side effects of PDE5 include indigestion, nasal congestion, back pain, and muscle pain. Studies show that a third of men do not respond to medications.

The new study, conducted by urologists at Izmir Training and Research Hospital in Izmir and published in the International Journal of Urology and Nephrology, included 100 men. One group was treated with oxygen. Another group was given tadalafil daily for a month. A third group did not receive any treatment.

The men in the oxygen group sat in hyperbaric chambers (similar to those used to treat divers with decompression sickness) and breathed pure oxygen for 90 minutes daily. (Normal air consists of 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen, and small amounts of other gases.)

The increased pressure in hyperbaric chambers (2.4 times atmospheric pressure) helps the lungs and tissues absorb more oxygen than usual.

The oxygen and tadalafil group showed the same improvement — about 50 percent.

Oxygen works regardless of age or how long men have suffered from ED. The effects lasted for an average of two months.

This is in contrast to drugs such as Viagra, which is used on demand with effects lasting up to four hours (or 36 hours with tadalafil) and has side effects that last longer.

It’s not clear how hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps treat ED. One theory is that the extra oxygen encourages new blood vessels to grow, supplying the penis with more blood.

The other reason is that it may lead to an increase in nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, allowing more blood to flow to the penile tissue.

Professor Raj Persad, a consultant urologist at Bristol Urology Hospital, described the study as “a foundation for future research”.

“In diabetes and other conditions, there may be poor blood supply to sensitive tissues, reducing the supply of oxygen. This can be temporarily improved by breathing hyperbaric oxygen,” he said.

He warned that it is “not a permanent solution” and that “excessive use can lead to oxygen poisoning.”

Treating insomnia may reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a study by the Macau University of Science and Technology, which found that men with insomnia were 3.4 times more likely to develop ED.

The study, published in the Journal of Andrology, also found that stress increases the risk of infection by 80 percent. Insomnia is thought to lead to low testosterone, as production peaks during sleep. High levels of stress can also affect sleep.

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