The connection between erectile dysfunction and diabetesOn March 21, 2019 by Kelly Castro
Erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes is a relatively frequent disorder. In that sense, although the prevalence rates of erection problems among those affected by this disease fluctuate widely, it is estimated that it would be 20 to 75 percent.
In fact, it is considered that men with diabetes mellitus are two to three times more likely to have erectile dysfunction than those without insulin resistance, as well as that this disorder appears at younger ages.
In that sense, different research suggests that erection disorders may even be an early sign of this metabolic disease, especially in men aged 45 or younger.
The truth is that this relationship between diabetes and erectile dysfunction is usually due to injuries to the nerves and blood vessels caused by poor control of blood sugar levels in the long term.
In addition, it can be aggravated by other frequent conditions that may accompany diabetes, such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.
Even so, erection disorders in diabetic men can be prevented with good control of glucose levels, blood pressure and blood cholesterol. For this, it will be essential to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular physical exercise, maintenance of a healthy weight and, when appropriate, treatment with insulin or other drugs.
At the same time, there is evidence that diabetes mellitus may be related to a deficit of testosterone: men with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to have a low testosterone level.
In this way, if finally diabetes causes erectile dysfunction, we must know that it can be treated and, therefore, there is no reason to give up sexual relations.
The main thing is to go to a doctor specialized in erectile dysfunction so that you can assess whether there are indeed alterations in the arteries or the nervous system caused by diabetes that may be causing the erection disorders. Also, you can check if any of the medicines that are being taken to control the disease may be contributing to the problem.
It should be noted that currently there are different treatment options for erectile dysfunction in diabetes, so it must always be a specialized doctor who determines which will be the best in each case.