The Link Between Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction

Do you have diabetes? Do you have erectile dysfunction (ED)? There may be a link. The good news is there are a number of treatment options available to treat ED.

In this blog, the health specialists at Broward Specialty Group, with three locations in Florida, explain what ED is, why diabetes can cause it, and the treatment options that are available.

An overview of erectile dysfunction

About 52% of men experience some form of erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is when a man can’t maintain an erection firm enough for intercourse. It may occur sometimes or every time you try. The risk of developing ED can increase with age.

While ED can occur for many reasons, your chances of having it occur can increase if you have an underlying health condition, such as diabetes. Other causes of ED include:

Erectile dysfunction happens from time to time, even in healthy individuals. But, if it’s a common occurrence and you find that it’s affecting your relationship, it might be time to seek help.

The role of diabetes in erectile dysfunction

It’s estimated that 35-75% of men with diabetes experience ED. Furthermore, men with diabetes tend to experience ED 10-15 years earlier than men without diabetes. When it comes to the link between diabetes and ED, it has to do with the effect diabetes can have on the muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. 

To maintain an erection, a man needs all three of these systems to function well. Diabetes can impair the nerves and blood vessels needed to maintain an erection. Therefore, even if you have healthy hormone levels and feel aroused, you may not be able to get an adequate erection to have sex.

Treatment options

If you have ED, the team at Broward Specialty Group can develop a custom plan to get your love life back on track. Your treatment plan may include any of the following:

Exercise

There are a variety of exercises that can help strengthen the muscles that help you maintain an erection. Pelvic floor exercises, also called Kegels, are one of the most effective exercises to reduce ED. Kegels can be done in the comfort of your home and can take 4-6 weeks to see results.

Oral medications

Your provider may suggest taking oral medication to treat your ED. Some common medications include Viagra®, Cialis®, and Stendra®. Many men living with diabetes also have heart problems, so these kinds of medications may not be suitable for everyone. 

Testosterone replacement therapy

Research shows that 40-50% of men with Type 2 diabetes have low levels of testosterone. Testerone replacement therapy can replenish testosterone to healthy levels through injections, medications, patches, or gels. 

A recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine reported that many diabetic men with low testosterone felt that their sexual and overall health improved when they took testosterone replacements. Testosterone therapy may help you regain your youthful vigor and improve your sexual, physical, and emotional well-being.

If you have ED, we can help. We can give you a thorough evaluation and explain your treatment options. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Broward Specialty Group today.

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