Viagra could be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, study suggests

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The erectile dysfunction drug Viagra may be linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.

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Researchers found that using Viagra (also known as sildenafil) reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 69% when other factors such as gender, race, and age were taken into account.

Experts in Cleveland in the US analyzed insurance claims data from more than seven million people and used computer modeling to look for drugs that might target areas of dementia.

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They found that men on Viagra had a significantly lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and called for more research into its potential use.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of age-related dementia, affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and there is currently no effective treatment.

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The authors of the new study said they can’t say with certainty that there’s a causal relationship between Viagra and Alzheimer’s, but they called for testing it in a clinical trial.

The Cleveland Clinic’s principal investigator, Dr. Feixiang Cheng, said the findings were encouraging but said more work is needed.

“Since our findings only establish an association between sildenafil use and a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, we are now planning a mechanistic trial and a phase II randomized clinical trial to test causality and To confirm the clinical benefits of sildenafil for Alzheimer’s patients.”

Viagra was originally designed as a heart medicine, but doctors also found that it improved blood flow to the penis.

According to the NHS, at least two-thirds of men have improved erections after taking it.

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