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Viagra May Cut Risk Of Diabetes Among Overweight Individuals

December 18, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Prediabetic individuals with reduced insulin sensitivity may cut their risk of diabetes by taking the drug sildenafil, otherwise known as Viagra, Cialis, etc. Sildenafil inhibits a certain enzyme, with the result that smooth muscle relaxes, blood vessels dilate, and blood flow increases. In animal studies and in this U.S. clinical study involving prediabetic overweight participants, sildenafil treatment significantly increased sensitivity to insulin. The researchers said more research is needed, but sildenafil could offer “a potential avenue for addressing the rising number of diabetes diagnoses."
Claudia E. Ramirez et al., "Treatment with Sildenafil Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Prediabetes: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. ", The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, December 18, 2015, © The Endocrine Society
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