Erectile dysfunction and diabetes

It was found that 35%-75% of men with diabetes suffer erectile dysfunction or impotence to some extent in their life.

Men suffering diabetes have a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction 10-15 years earlier.  With age erectile dysfunction becomes more common. At the age of 50 and over, 50%-60% of men with diabetes are at a risk for erectile dysfunction. At the age of 70, the risk of erectile dysfunction is as high as 95%.

Why do men with diabetes suffer erectile dysfunction?

There are several explanations why men with diabetes are at a high risk of erectile dysfunction including the injury of the nerves and blood vessels and disorders of muscle functions.

To get and keep erection men should have healthy vessels, nerves, an adequate level of male hormones and sexual desire. Diabetes negatively affects blood vessels and nervous endings that are responsible for keeping erection. For this reason, even if a man has an adequate level of hormones and a sexual desire, he may not always get erection.

What is the treatment of erectile dysfunction for men with diabetes?

Men with diabetes who have problems with getting erectile dysfunction can take such medications as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.

However, as diabetic men have problems with heart, these medications can be contraindicated for them. Talk to your doctor to choose the optimal treatment.

Alternative treatment options for diabetic men include intracavernous injections, vacuum devices, intrauterine therapy, and sex therapy.

Which option is better? It depends on many factors such as overall health of a man and his consent to undergo a certain procedure. Ask your doctor to refer you to urologist to choose the best treatment.

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