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The study conducted at the University College London School of Pharmacy lasted for five years and included almost 270,000 men with an average age of 58 years who were diagnosed with erectile dysfunction but did not have cognitive problems at the beginning of the study. About 55% of the men took drugs such as Viagra, Cialis and others that 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 the medication per month in the correct dose, were at a higher risk of developing dementia. The researchers explained that while their findings do not prove that the drugs themselves reduce the risk of dementia, it marks a new research direction in which they will examine how blood vessel-dilating drugs affect brain health.

Dr. Kobi Reisman, a specialist in urology and sexual therapy, and director of the European Academy of Sexual Medicine explained that previous laboratory studies have shown that these group of drugs such as Viagra have a role in blocking inflammatory processes and forming deposits in brain cells that cause Alzheimer’s disease. He also emphasized that Viagra and other similar medications are not a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease but more studies are still needed to understand this mechanism fully. However, he highlighted a clear connection between erectile dysfunction and overall human health. For example, among about 70% of men with erectile dysfunction heart disease will appear within five years.

In conclusion, while this study does not prove whether these medications reduce the risk of dementia directly or indirectly through their effect on blood vessels dilatation on brain health; it does highlight an important link between erectile dysfunction and other conditions like heart disease. Further research is necessary to understand this relationship better and explore new treatment options for both conditions.

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