How Viagra Could Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

How Viagra Could Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

August 20, 2019 0 By Jose Scott


The little blue Viagra pill may have found
another use outside the bedroom. I’m Gabe Garza with your latest health news. A new
study found that sildenafil (brand name Viagra) may improve insulin sensitivity and reduce
a biomarker that signals an increased risk of heart and kidney disease in prediabetes
patients. In prediabetes, blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough
to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects
the way the body metabolizes sugar. The body either resists the effects of insulin or doesn’t
produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. For this study, researchers
looked at 51 overweight patients with prediabetes. These patients were randomly assigned to treatment
with sildenafil or a placebo for three months. Among the patients on sildenafil, researchers
found higher levels of insulin sensitivity and lower levels of albumin compared to patients
on placebo. Elevated levels of albumin in the urine indicate an increased risk of heart
and kidney disease. Speak with your doctor about all your treatment options for diabetes.