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Erectile Dysfunction Medications Linked to Lower Rate of Dementia in Study

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Feb 11, 2024
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A recent study conducted at the University College London School of Pharmacy has shed light on the relationship between erectile dysfunction and dementia. The five-year study included nearly 270,000 men with an average age of 58 who were diagnosed with erectile dysfunction and did not suffer from cognitive problems at the start of the study. About 55% of the men took drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, and others that work by dilating blood vessels.

The research findings showed that among men who were treated with drugs for erectile dysfunction, the rate of dementia cases was 120% lower compared to those who were not treated with drugs. Those who received the most medication prescriptions, that is, took a larger amount of the medication per month in the correct dose, were at the least reduced risk of dementia. However, the researchers explained that these findings do not prove that the drugs themselves reduce the risk of dementia but may mark a new research direction in which the mechanisms of dementia and possible effects of blood vessel-dilating drugs on the brain will be examined.

Dr. Kobi Reisman, a specialist in urology and sexual therapy and director of the European Academy of Sexual Medicine, explains that previous laboratory studies have shown that these group of drugs such as Viagra have a role in blocking inflammatory processes and forming deposits in brain that cause Alzheimer’s disease. These drugs also have antioxidant activity which positively affects blood vessels. Viagra and similar medications are not treatment for Alzheimer’s disease but this study highlights potential for further research into this area. More studies are needed to understand this mechanism in depth but it is clear today that there is a connection between erectile dysfunction and overall human health with implications for conditions such as heart disease.

In conclusion, while this study does not provide definitive proof about causality between ED medications use and dementia reduction, it highlights potential avenues for future research into this area. It emphasizes on clear connection between ED and human health with significant implications for conditions such as heart disease

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