Now, ward off diabetes risk with Viagra

While further studies are needed to determine whether long-term treatment can prevent the onset of diabetes in high-risk patients, Viagra and related drugs could offer a potential avenue for addressing the rising number of diabetes diagnoses.

By: IANS | London | Published:November 19, 2015 6:59 pm
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A first-of-its-kind study has revealed that the sex-enhancing drug Viagra may help people at risk for diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity in them.

The erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil, sold as Viagra and other brand names, inhibits an enzyme resulting in relaxation of smooth muscle and increased blood flow.

Sildenafil is used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension.

In animal studies, researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in the US have found that sildenafil also can improve insulin sensitivity, the uptake of glucose from the bloodstream by muscle.

This action can lower the level of circulating glucose, and potentially reduce the risk of diabetes.

While further studies are needed to determine whether long-term treatment can prevent the onset of diabetes in high-risk patients, “sildenafil and related drugs could offer a potential avenue for addressing the rising number of diabetes diagnoses”, said Nancy J Brown, chair of the department of medicine at Vanderbilt.

For the study, overweight individuals with prediabetes were randomly assigned to receive sildenafil or placebo (inactive drug) for three months.

Of the 42 participants, those treated with sildenafil were significantly more sensitive to insulin, the researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Sildenafil and related drugs prevent the specific enzyme from breaking down a chemical in the body called “cyclic GMP” which relaxes blood vessels and increases insulin sensitivity.

“But unlike some other methods of raising cyclic GMP, sildenafil did not decrease an anti-clotting chemical in the body,” the Vanderbilt researchers reported.

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    Rangaesh Gadasalli
    Nov 20, 2015 at 9:19 am
    Over weight people, and prediabetic are the key words that should not be confused with eatablished long term diabetes patients with multiple health issues. only 45 plus patients were involved in the trial and this is a very small sample size. Viagra may cause serious vision problems to chronic users. it will also cause drop in Blood pressure and should never be taken by patients who are taking Nitro glycerine which may lead to serious life threatening drop in blood pressure. people who take alcohol and other recreational drugs and want to experiment with Viagra, may die suddenly also Another problem with Viagra is Priapism, that means continued erection for hours, causing sever excruciating pain that may need emergency care. all the benefits the researches have found is because the obese people did some exercise, spent some energy,, muscles used glucose, and some thing else which was not due to viagra. established patients should consult their doctors before going on Viagra.
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