How Diabetes Causes Erectile Dysfunction

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Jan 20, 2012
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How diabetes causes erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is one of the common problems affecting diabetic men. Up to three-fourths of diabetics anywhere in the world are expected to be affected with erectile dysfunction. Even if the problem is not severe, it would surely affect them by some degree in the course of their lifetime.

 

Explanation of Erectile Dysfunction due to Diabetes

 

Stated simply, diabetes damages the blood vessels and the functions related to sex are dependent on normal blood flow through them. Erection is a prerequisite of normal healthy sex, which in turn result from the normal rush of blood, saying literally.  Thus, the relation is something like diabetes leading to damage of veins which leads to hampering of blood flow and thus, erectile dysfunction results.


Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) stated that often it is the problem in erection that leads people to a doctor when it is found that diabetes is the underlying cause. It is common to notice this as the first symptom of diabetes among men. The treatment for ED also involves that for diabetes. The CDA says that half the men afflicted with diabetes are likely to end up with ED within 10 years of diagnosis. Moreover, the longer one has diabetes, the more he is likely to develop ED. If the disease is accompanied by disorders such as a heart disease, high BP or high cholesterol.


In order to have an erection, men not only need to have their blood vessels in order but healthy nerves, normal male hormones as well as the natural desire should exist. So, you need to make sure whether diabetes is responsible for erectile dysfunction or some other underlying medical condition that affects the nerves and hormones responsible for normal erection.


Other than the condition, some medications for treating it can also lead to ED. Medications to lower blood pressure are one of these. These are diuretics and beta blockers. Some antidepressants also cause ED. You can discuss these concerns with your doctor. The doctor can prescribe different medications that do not cause any side effects. Other than that, you might also need to take prescription medications to treat ED, with due consideration of your diabetic condition.

 

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