A new study published in Bratislava Medical Journal found that Pycnogenol, an extract from French maritime pine bark, is able to improve erectile function, particularly in those with diabetes mellitus.
The three-month-long randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled study involved 53 patients with erectile dysfunction (ED). 32 had diabetes mellitus (DM); ED, the study noted, may be considered an early complication of DM.
The study found that Pycnogenol improved erectile function in the DM group by 45%; in the group without DM, erectile function was improved 22%; in the placebo group, it wasn’t improved at all.
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Furthermore, the study notes, those in the DM group saw lowered total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and glucose levels; the non-DM group saw no change in glucose levels, and the placebo group showed no change on any of the monitored parameters.
The study concludes: “Pycnogenol seems to have a beneficial effect on treatment of ED especially in patients with DM. This needs to be verified by larger placebo-controlled studies and longer treatment endpoints.”