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Erectile Dysfunction & Diabetes

March 12th, 2018

Erectile Dysfunction & Diabetes

Erectile Dysfunction & Diabetes

Erectile Dysfunction & Diabetes, Research tells us that 35% to 75% of men with diabetes will experience erectile dysfunction. This is especially common in those with type 2 diabetes. Men who have diabetes are predisposed to erectile dysfunction by about 10 to 15 years earlier than men without diabetes. Men who have diabetes are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop erectile dysfunction. These numbers reflect a large population of men.

How does it happen?

Diabetes damages the nerves and blood vessels of the body. In the case of diabetes, this damage is caused by poor maintenance of blood sugar levels. In order for an erection to be sustained, men need a combination of healthy blood vessels, nerves, hormones, and sexual stimulation. Without all of the above elements, an erection is futile. If the damage is done to the nerves and vessels, there is little opportunity for a firm erection– even if the desire is omnipresent.

Diabetes not only affects the nerve function but blood flow as well. Circulation affects not the only movement of blood in the body, but also muscle function. When blood sugar is not under control, your body does not produce Nitric Oxide (NO), resulting in poor performance by vascular tissues. If your body is not producing enough NO, and tissues are not adapt to trap the blood, your penis will remain flaccid.

What to do?

A change in the frequency or duration of erections is a sign that you might need help from a urologist or male sexuality expert. Dr. Elist and his team specialize in Male Sexual Dysfunction and can be a help when dealing with penile difficulties. For more information on male infertility email us [email protected] or call 1-310-652-2600 to speak with a physician that can better assist you with any further questions you may have.

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