The Day – People who take Viagra have lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

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Viagra may help treat Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers who used the impotence drug to study its effects on the brain.

Although more studies are needed, researchers in Cleveland found that men who took the blue pill, also known as sildenafil, had a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, after analysis of ‘a database of more than 7.2 million patients over six years, BBC News reported on Monday.
The team also found in lab studies that those who took higher-than-usual doses of the pill – best known for erectile dysfunction – had increased brain cell growth and reduced buildup. protein, depending on the point of sale.
“Because our results only establish an association between the use of sildenafil and a reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, we are now planning a mechanistic trial and a phase II randomized clinical trial to test the causality and confirm the clinical benefits of sildenafil for patients with Alzheimer’s disease ”, Dr. Feixiong, head of research. Cheng reportedly told the Nature Aging newspaper.
Until this research is complete, Professor Tara Spires-Jones at the University of Edinburgh, an expert in brain research, advises people “not to rush to start taking sildenafil for prevention. of Alzheimer’s disease “.
Dr Jack Auty, professor of medical sciences at the University of Tasmania, also said that this was not the first indication of a drug that could help with Alzheimer’s disease, although it is not. not yet produced, according to the BBC.
Reusing an already existing drug would be both a cheaper and more effective route than developing an entirely new treatment for the disease.
Originally designed to treat the heart, Viagra’s ability to relax blood vessels and subsequently improve blood flow to other parts of the body has led to its use for erectile dysfunction as well as pulmonary hypertension – for both men and women – which affects the lungs, depending on the discharge.
While the exact causes of Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, are still being investigated, those who have it are known to have abnormal protein deposits in the brain, reports the BBC.
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