Viagra Proven to Treat Erectile Dysfunction in Men with Diabetes

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By: Daniel Trecroci

Erectile dysfunction is a complication that affects 35 to 75 percent of men with diabetes. It is most often associated with diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease. According to the February 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), erectile dysfunction occurs at a younger age in men with diabetes than in men without the disease.

Doctors at the Creighton Diabetes Center in Omaha, Nebraska, recently studied Viagra as a remedy for erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes.

In a multicenter, randomized, double-blind study, a total of 268 men were given either Viagra or a placebo from May through November 1996. Each man had diabetes for a mean duration of 12 years, and had suffered from erectile dysfunction for a mean duration of 5.6 years. One hundred thirty-six of the men received Viagra and 132 received a placebo once a day, for a total of 12 weeks. Each male took the Viagra or placebo one hour before sexual activity.

Results of the study report that Viagra, when compared to the placebo, demonstrated improved erectile function in 56 percent of men after 12 weeks. Only 10 percent of the men taking the placebo demonstrated improved erectile function after 12 weeks.

The researchers also reported that Viagra was well-tolerated and safe. Sixteen percent of the patients reported adverse side effects including mild to moderate headaches, indigestion, and sinus congestion. Cardiovascular events were similar for both the Viagra and placebo groups.

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