The Link Between Diabetes & Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is often a sign of another underlying health issue. One of the biggest causes of ED is believed to be diabetes. In fact, according to the latest research from Reuters Health, approximately 53 percent of men who have diabetes are also suffering from Erectile Dysfunction.

The study processed data from almost 90,000 men and established that those who have diabetes were 3.5 times more likely to have difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. Since erectile dysfunction is such a common symptom of cardiovascular issues that may otherwise go unnoticed. It is becoming increasingly common for doctors to screen for diabetes and heart disease when a patient comes to them regarding erection difficulties. Heart disease and diabetes are often linked, so screening for both conditions is advisable.

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The number of people who have diabetes has increased rapidly since 1980, with 422 million or 8.5% percent of adults worldwide diagnosed. Not only have studies shown that men with diabetes are more likely to suffer from erection problems, but they also tend to develop ED 10 to 15 years earlier than other men. ED is something that affects all ages, but it is more common in older guys.

Why Are Men with Diabetes Pre-Disposed to Erectile Dysfunction?

The reason why ED  is so common in men who have diabetes is relatively complex, involving impairments to the nerves, blood vessels, and even muscle function. Healthy blood vessels and nerves are required to achieve and sustain an erection. The male hormones also need to contribute to sexual stimulation. However, when diabetes is present, there is an increased likelihood there will be damage to the blood vessels and nerves. If that is the case, even if there are appropriate levels of hormones and a desire to have sex, there is still a possibility that achieving and maintaining a firm erection will be a problem.

Treating Erectile Dysfunction in Men with Diabetes

There are various ways to treat erection problems and what works for one patient may not necessarily be the best course of action for another. It is important to have a consultation with a professional erectile dysfunction clinic to find the right treatment, particularly when diabetes is also an issue. Some oral medications often prescribed for ED are not appropriate for patients with diabetes, as they can interfere where there are also heart problems. A more suitable alternative may be intracavernous injection therapy and other techniques such as counseling. It is wise to discuss these with a qualified doctor to find out what the best course of action might be for your case.

The good news for diabetes patients is that this type of sexual dysfunction is treatable. There is no need to simply accept that your sex life has come to an end. Even if you have had little success consulting your family doctor, it is worth talking to an ED specialist as they have far more knowledge and expertise in this area.

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