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Erectile Dysfunction & Diabetes - How Are They Related?

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Dr. Girish Chandra Makker 88% (13 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery
Sexologist, Lucknow  •  42 years experience
Erectile Dysfunction & Diabetes - How Are They Related?

About 35% to almost 75% of the diabetic men can suffer from erectile dysfunctionat some point in life. A diabetic person may suffer from erectile dysfunction almost 10 to 15 years before he or she has contracted the condition. More than 50% diabetic middle aged men are prone to erectile dysfunction, whereas almost 95% of diabetic men who are above 70 suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Reason for Ed in Diabetic Men:
There are certain conditions, which have to be met to get an erection,  such as healthy blood vessels, healthy nerves, sexual stimulation, male hormones, and desire. Diabetes damages the blood vessels and the nerves responsible for an erection. Hence, even with the required amount of male hormones and the desire to have a sexual experience, you might suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Treatment:
If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction due to diabetes, you will get various oral medications to treat the condition. But if you are suffering from diabetes as well as a heart condition, it is recommended not to use any oral medicines as that would interfere with the functioning of your heart. There are certain other therapies which you might consider in this case:

  1. Intracavernous injection therapy
  2. Vacuum erection device
  3. Penile prostheses
  4. Venous constriction device
  5. Sex therapy
  6. Intraurethral therapy

To determine the best method, various factors like your health and your capacity to tolerate a particular treatment is assessed. The best way to select one, will be after having a discussion with your urologist and taking his help to determine which method will be the most appropriate one.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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