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Use of Viagra-type drugs associated with 31% lower risk of death over 7.5 years
Use of Viagra-type drugs associated with 38% lower risk of heart attack over 7.5 years
Men with Type 2 diabetes who were prescribed Viagra-type drugs for improving erections were 31% less likely to die than men of the same age who were not prescribed these drugs during an average follow-up of 7.5 years according to a recent study.
The risk of dying was 46% less after adjusting for age, kidney function, smoking status, prior stroke, hypertension, prior myocardial infarction, systolic blood pressure, use of statin, metformin, aspirin and β-blocker medication.
Men with Type 2 diabetes who were prescribed Viagra-type drugs for improving erections were 38% less likely to have a heart attack compared to men who were not prescribed these drugs during an average follow-up of 7.5 years according to a recent study.
The study looked at the use of phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors which include sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra) and avanafil (Stendra).
Subjects: 5956 men, 40–89 years-old with type 2 diabetes from 42 general practices in Cheshire, UK
The study analyzed data from 5956 men aged 40– to 89-years-old diagnosed with type 2 diabetes between from 42 general practices in Cheshire, UK, and were followed for 7.5 years.
Anderson SG, Hutchings DC, Woodward M, Rahimi K, Rutter MK, Kirby M, Hackett G, Trafford AW, and Heald AH. Phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitor use in type 2 diabetes is associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality. Heart, 2016 Nov 01; 102(21): 1750-1756.
Author’s Contact Info
Dr Simon G Anderson
Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
University of Manchester
3.24 Core Technology Facility
46 Grafton Street
Manchester M13 9NT, UK
The class of drugs that Levitra, Viagra, Stendra, and Cialis belong to are called PDE5 inhibitors. They work by relaxing tight blood vessels, allowing more blood to surge into the penis and cause an erection, says Gregory Bales, M.D., an associate professor of urology at the University of Chicago.
The little pills do the trick for more than two-thirds of men with Viagra protects the heart (ED). They also work for guys who simply need them for a short time to get their “confidence back,” says Michael Eisenberg, M.D., director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University.