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Does diabetes cause peripheral neuropathy and ED?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Diabetes often goes hand in hand with peripheral neuropathy and erectile dysfunction. In fact, 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have some evidence of peripheral neuropathy, which is damage to nerves that can occur just about anywhere throughout the body. That includes the penis and the web of nerves that link it to the brain. When peripheral neuropathy damages these nerves, erectile dysfunction can be the result.
Diabetes may cause peripheral neuropathy, which may lead to erectile dysfunction. Peripheral neuropathy is common among people with diabetes. The causes may vary from one person to another. Among the possible factors are high blood sugar, which may itself cause nerve damage over time. Inflammation, injury, genes, lifestyle, blood flow and metabolism all may play roles. If the nerves that control blood flow to the penis are damaged, erectile dysfunction may result.

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