Can diabetes cause erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction and diabetesI am a 35-year old man who has been suffering from diabetes for the last five years. Can you please tell me if diabetes can cause erectile dysfunction or other sex-related problems?

Answered by diabetologist Dr Rajiv Kovil

It's true that erectile dysfunction and other sort of sex-related problems are extremely common among diabetics. It's estimated that 60-70% men who suffer from diabetes suffer from some sort of erectile dysfunction or another. The problem is compounded by the fact that we tend to not discuss sex-related issues with our doctors. It's important to get rid of such notions and discuss the problem with your doctor, who in turn can then assess the severity of your problem. He or she can then order blood tests to assess the cause of the problem so that the root of the problem can be treated.

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ED in diabetics is mostly caused due to hormonal deficiency, nerve-related problems or a blood supply problem and this needs to be diagnosed and only then can the proper corrective measure be given.

Editor's Note: The most common drug for people suffering from ED are drugs like Viagra but a person should always consult a doctor before using them. Many diabetics suffer from heart disease and these medications may interact dangerously with one's heart medicine.

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