Viagra Increases The Risk Of Melanoma
Melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer that develops in the melanocytes– cells that give color to the skin. In 2014, about 76,100 people were diagnosed with melanoma and 9,710 people died from the disease. Nearly 1,000,000 people in the United States have melanoma. The latest study showed that Viagra Increases The Risk Of Melanoma. Previous severe sunburn and excessive use of tanning beds are leading risk factors of the disease. A Harvard Medical School study showed an 84 percent increased risk of melanoma in men who used sildenafil (Viagra). In contrast, sildenafil was not related to the development of squamous cell cancer (a less dangerous type of skin cancer). (Journal American Medical Association Internal Medicine, 174: 964-970, 2014)
Viagra Increases Testosterone Levels
Shalender Bhasin and colleagues from Boston University found that Viagra (Sildenafil) increased testosterone levels by 20 to 30 percent. Testosterone might be at the heart of erectile dysfunction. Viagra suppressed levels of the hormone LH, which showed that the drug influences the control mechanisms of testosterone metabolism. Viagra also caused increases in estrogen and DHEA. The researchers suggested that low testosterone output from the testes is centrally related to erection problems in men. (Journal Sexual Medicine, 11: 616-623, 2014)
Cell Phone Use Linked To Erectile Dysfunction – use hands free and use cell less.
Cell phone use could damage male reproductive health– according to a study by researchers from the University of Graz in Austria. They found a link between the number of hours men carried active cell phones and the incidence of erectile dysfunction (ED). There was no link between cell phone talking time and ED or total testosterone. Other studies have found a link between cell phone use and reduced sperm quality and activity, and possibly cancer. Carry your cell phone in a bag instead of your pocket. (Central European Journal Urology, 66: 75-77, 2013)
Psychological Stress Damages Testicular Cells
Chronic stress suppresses sexual desire and saps energy levels. Chinese researchers, in a study on rats, found that five weeks of chronic stress interfered with normal mating behavior and decreased the size and number of Leydig cells in the testes. Leydig cells produce testosterone when stimulated by luteinizing hormone. Stress also caused abnormal sperm cells and decreased tissue density in the testes. Chronic stress is bad for your sex life. It clouds the mind with worry and doubt, and triggers significant tissue damage in the testes. (Journal Sexual Medicine, 11: 653-663, 2014)
By: Steve Blechman and Thomas Fahey, Ed.D.