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Viagra a lifesaver for diabetics!

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New Delhi: Taking a Viagra pill every few months almost halves the risk of men with type 2 diabetes dying with heart problems, says a new research. A study of 6,000 men could pave the way for erectile dysfunction pills to be prescribed regularly for men with diabetes.

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Experts at Manchester and Oxford university’s say the Viagra launched in 1998 and other similar erectile dysfunction drugs improve the heart’s contractions and pumping of blood all around the body. Their study found that these drugs that relax the blood vessels improving blood flow to groin also affects the ability of the heart to pump blood.


The team studied health records of 5,956 men with type 2 diabetes, aged between 40 and 89. As many as 1,359 of them took erectile dysfunction drugs called PDE5 inhibitors—of  which Viagra is one form. They took the drugs only an average of 16 times over the 7-year study period – less than once every five months.

They were found 46 per cent less likely to die of heart attack. Patients taking the drug were also 38 per cent less likely to suffer a heart attack and those who did were 40 per cent sure not to die as a result. The scientists adjusted the figures for age, blood pressure, prior heart problems and other medication use. Prof. Andrew Trafford of Manchester University said: “Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease, so treatments that could reduce that risk are urgently needed.

“Erectile dysfunction treatments like Viagra are already licensed for use and so if trials provide further evidence of a life-saving benefit; it might be possible to start treating people with this drug in not too distant future.”

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Prof. Trafford stressed that Viagra would not work for all male heart patients, but if further trials confirm the results, it could be prescribed to many diabetics. It is not licensed for use by women, but in theory it might help female diabetics, although further trials would be needed to show it is safe for them. Prof. Jeremy Pearson of the British Heart Foundation which funded the research said: “Viagra was originally being developed as a cardiovascular treatment in the UK.”