A recent study conducted at the University College London School of Pharmacy shed light on the link between erectile dysfunction and cognitive health. The five-year study involved nearly 270,000 men with an average age of 58 who were diagnosed with erectile dysfunction. At the start of the study, these men did not suffer from cognitive problems.
The findings revealed that among men treated with drugs for erectile dysfunction, such as Viagra and Cialis, the rate of dementia cases was 120% lower compared to those who were not treated with these drugs. The researchers explained that while the drugs themselves may not directly reduce the risk of dementia, this study marks a new research direction in which the mechanisms of dementia and the possible effect of blood vessel dilating drugs on cognitive health will be examined.
Dr. Kobi Reisman, a specialist in urology and sexual therapy, and director of the European Academy of Sexual Medicine, emphasized that previous laboratory studies have indicated that drugs like Viagra have a role in blocking inflammatory processes and forming deposits in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s. These drugs also demonstrate antioxidant activity, which positively impacts blood vessels. However, Dr. Reisman emphasized that Viagra and similar drugs are not a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. While this current study is significant, more research is needed to fully understand this mechanism in depth.
It is clear today that there is a connection between erectile dysfunction and human health beyond just heart disease. According to Dr. Reisman, about 70% of men with erectile dysfunction will develop heart disease within five years if they don’t receive proper treatment for their condition. This underscores the importance of treating erectile dysfunction as a medical condition rather than just a symptom or lifestyle choice.