Getting Viagra Could Also Help You Fight Alzheimer’s, Elaborate Study Reveals

Getting Viagra Could Also Help You Fight Alzheimer’s, Elaborate Study Reveals
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Taking the well-known medication of Viagra, which is also known as sildenafil, will not only allow you to become a big hit with the ladies. A new giant study led by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic reveals that the drug could help you in some way that not many would guess: dramatically reducing the odds of dealing with Alzheimer’s, as ScienceAlert.com reveals.

But how much does “dramatically” means in this case? Well, about 70% compared to those who don’t take the well-known medication for becoming a ravaging bull in bed, which is huge. That’s more than half. Who would have thought, right?

More than 7.2 million people analyzed

For the new study, health insurance claim data was assessed from more than 7.2 million people. That means almost twice the population of Croatia and over three times the number of inhabitants of North Macedonia. Obviously, this grants us some guarantee that we should add some faith in the study and really consider that Viagra is also good for your brain’s health. The researchers concluded that those who took Viagra were a lot less likely to deal with the terrifying Alzheimer’s for the next six years of follow-up.

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Despite the exhilarating news, it’s not a guarantee of proof of cause and effect. Even so, the researchers still have reasons to consider Viagra as a promising candidate drug for tackling Alzheimer’s. Clinical trials are still needed to fully unveil the mystery and let the researchers conclude if there is a causational effect or not.

Feixiong Cheng from the Cleveland Clinic, the senior author of the study, explains:

Notably, we found that sildenafil use reduced the likelihood of Alzheimer’s in individuals with coronary artery disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes, all of which are comorbidities significantly associated with risk of the disease, as well as in those without.

The new study was published in Nature Aging.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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