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The Link Between ED and Diabetes

Men with diabetes face many difficulties, but few problems are more frustrating than erectile dysfunction (ED), especially for younger men. Half of men with diabetes have sexual troubles caused by diabetes.16

Sexual Health in Men with Diabetes

Nerve Damage and Blood Flow

When blood sugar levels are out of control, nerve and blood vessel damage occurs throughout your body. Nerve damage breaks down the ability to turn sexual stimulation into an erection.17 Poor blood circulation reduces blood flow to the penis. Together they impact your ability to get an erection that is rigid and lasts long enough for sexual satisfaction.

Which Comes First

Although ED and diabetes are two separate conditions, they tend to go hand in hand. Half of men with diabetes will experience ED within 10 years of their diagnosis.18 For some men, ED may be the first symptom of diabetes even if they have not yet been diagnosed, particularly in men younger than 45.17 Left untreated, ED can damage self-confidence and relationships.

Take Control

The first goal in treating ED is to manage your diabetes. This includes keeping your blood sugar and blood pressure under control. If ED persists, treatment options are available. While oral medications are a common first therapy, they may not work for all men with diabetes. Other treatment options include penile implants, vacuum devices and injections. Some treatments may be more effective than others for a man suffering with diabetes.

Did you know?

Half of men with diabetes have sexual troubles caused by diabetes.16

ED and Diabetes

Erectile Dysfunction is a common complication of Diabetes, caused by damage to nerves and blood vessels from high blood sugar levels.

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Treatments Beyond Medications

While there are many ways to treat ED today, men with diabetes may require maximum doses of oral medications and may still find drugs ineffective.19 

Achieving a Satisfying Sex Life

Finding a satisfying solution to ED can be a life-changing event for many men and their partners. Talk to your GP or urologist about all your treatment options.

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