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Low folic acid levels may predict higher chances for erectile dysfunction

New evidence suggests low folic acid levels may increase chances for erectile dysfunction (ED).

In this study, doctors measured folic acid levels in 60 men with ED and compared them to folic acid levels in 30 healthy men. Folic acid levels in the ED group were nearly half that of healthy men: 7.1 vs. 13.4 nanograms per milliliter of blood (ng/mL).

Low folic acid levels were linked to diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and smoking. Men with folic acid levels below 2.2 ng/mL are considered deficient, but tests are able to begin predicting higher chances for ED when folic acid levels fall below 9.43 ng/mL.

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