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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredLike its close buddy heart disease, diabetes can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED), or the inability to get and maintain an erection during sex. Similar to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes causes your arteries to harden and your blood vessels to narrow. The end result? Blood is squelched from flowing easily to your organs, including the one down south. Less blood means a softer erection or, worse, none at all. What's more, diabetes also causes a condition called diabetic neuropathy, or damage to the nerves. Like a damaged telephone line that is no longer able to carry signals, injured nerves can't pass along the message from your brain to your penis to fill with blood. Bottom line: No erection. Talk with your doctor about ways to manage your diabetes and to control your blood sugar levels.
Jan Shifren, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answeredUnchecked, diabetes can be devastating to sexual function. About 35% to 50% of men with diabetes experience erectile dysfunction. The disease contributes to erectile problems in at least two ways: it can impair the nerves that instruct the arteries of the penis to dilate, and it can restrict blood flow to the penis by damaging the blood vessels. People with diabetes often have high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol and other fats in the blood -- all of which may further damage blood vessels and impede blood flow.
Among men with diabetes, erectile dysfunction usually develops gradually over a period of months or years. At first, the erection may not be as rigid as it once was or can't be sustained. Sometimes, erectile dysfunction is the first sign that a man has diabetes.
Carefully controlling blood sugar can help prevent the vascular and neurological complications that contribute to sexual problems. But even with proper treatment, men who have diabetes are three times as likely as other men to develop erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a symptom of diabetes. First, have your doctor conduct a blood test to determine whether or not you have elevated blood sugar. If you do have diabetes, you would want to talk to your endocrinologist regarding your blood glucose control to determine if this is impacting your symptoms. Your doctor may also refer you to a urologist to determine if there are other issues and/or to find you the right medications. Please talk to your doctor regarding any ED medications as they may interfere with other medications or they may not be appropriate in light of other medical conditions.
Discovery Health answeredLearn about the relationship between diabetes and erectile dysfunction.