Although diabetes and ED (Erectile Dysfunction) are two separate conditions, they can go hand-in-hand. Men with diabetes are 2-3 times more likely to develop erectile dysfunction. In many cases, problems with achieving or maintaining an erection is an early hint that you may be diabetic, particularly in men 45 and under.
Blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can damage small blood vessels and nerves. Damage to the nerves that control sexual stimulation and response can impede a man’s ability to achieve and erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. As well, reduced blood flow from damaged blood vessels also contributes to erectile dysfunction.
Lifestyle Changes to Reduce the Risk of ED
There are lifestyle changes you can make to not only help you with your diabetes, but also to lower your risk of erectile dysfunction. Through a balanced diet, cutting back on alcohol, getting active, and losing the cigarettes!
Get in Touch With A Urologist
It may not be easy to bring up your issues with ED to your doctor, but reluctance to do so will only prevent you from getting the help that you need. If you are diabetic and suffering from erectile dysfunction, then your doctor needs to be made aware of what’s going on in order to diagnose and treat any underlying issues that could be causing it. Your doctor can help you get your blood sugar controlled and show you the right steps to manage your Type 2 diabetes and also work with you to treat ED.
Dr. Bellman is a Board Certified Urologist who is an expert in his field. Several treatment options for ED exist. Speak to Dr. Bellman about your options and which one may be right for you!