American Diabetes Association 2015 Scientific Sessions; June 7, 2015; Boston, Massachusetts.
Researchers have found that men using phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors, like Viagra, were associated with a reduction of ALL CAUSE mortality in Type 2 diabetics, even those with a prior history of heart attacks. This makes no sense since erectile dysfunction is associated with poor circulation in the penis (and elsewhere )and should be associated with an increase in mortality. They even found that those men using both PDE5 inhibitors with testosterone also showed a decrease in death!. Testosterone has been the center of controversy for the past several years because some recent studies have questioned the safety of testosterone.
“The researchers speculate that this improved survival in patients taking a PDE5 inhibitor may be partly explained by the fact that these drugs decrease the PDE5-mediated breakdown of cyclic GMP, with the latter being cardioprotective.”
More tests need to be done, but in the future, all male diabetics may be prescribed a daily Viagra-like pill in addition to their statin and other diabetes meds.