A recent study conducted at the University College London School of Pharmacy has revealed a connection between the use of drugs for erectile dysfunction and a lower risk of dementia. The study, which lasted over five years and included almost 270,000 men with an average age of 58 years who were diagnosed with erectile dysfunction but did not suffer from cognitive problems at the beginning of the study, found 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.
The research findings also showed that those who received the most medication prescriptions and took a larger amount of the medication per month in the correct dose were at the most reduced risk of dementia. However, the researchers explained that the 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 the possible effect of blood vessel-dilating drugs on the brain will be examined.
Dr. Kobi Reisman, a specialist in urology and sexual therapy, and director of European Academy of Sexual Medicine explains that previous laboratory studies have indicated that group of drugs such as Viagra has a role in blocking inflammatory processes and formation of deposits in brain that cause Alzheimer’s. He also emphasizes that Viagra and other like medications are not treatment for Alzheimer’s but it is clear today there is a connection between erectile dysfunction and human health. For example, about 70% men with erectile dysfunction will appear within five years heart disease.
In conclusion, while these findings do not prove that the drugs themselves reduce the risk of dementia, they highlight potential for further research into mechanisms