A new study, conducted at the University College London School of Pharmacy, has found a connection between the use of drugs for erectile dysfunction and a lower risk of dementia. The five-year study included almost 270,000 men with an average age of 58 years who were diagnosed with erectile dysfunction and did not suffer from cognitive problems at the beginning of the study. About 55% of the men took drugs such as Viagra, Cialis and others, which 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 medication per month in the correct dose, were at the most reduced risk of dementia. The researchers explained that the findings do not show that the drugs themselves reduce the risk of dementia but may mark a new research direction in which the mechanisms of dementia and possible effect of blood vessel-dilating drugs on brain will be examined.
Dr. Kobi Reisman, a specialist in urology and sexual therapy, and director of European Academy of Sexual Medicine shed light on this topic. He explains that previous laboratory studies have indicated that group drugs such as Viagra have a role in blocking inflammatory processes and formation deposits in brain that cause Alzheimer’s disease. These drugs also have antioxidant activity which is positive on blood vessels. Dr. Reisman emphasizes that Viagra and like are not treatment for Alzheimer’s disease but there is clear connection between erectile dysfunction and human health overall such as heart disease where about 70% men with erectile dysfunction develop heart disease within five years.
In conclusion, while these findings do not prove that these medications directly reduce dementia risk but it highlights potential for further research into mechanisms behind it . More studies are needed to understand this mechanism in depth but it clear that there is a connection between erectile dysfunction and overall health conditions such as heart disease