Gentlemen, if you’re always hungry, always thirsty, always tired, losing weight, and your eyesight is failing you, you had better get to a doctor fast!!!
These are the first symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
Can diabetes cause erectile dysfunction (ED)? The short answer is, YES!!!
Diabetes is a long-term condition that causes high blood sugar levels. It is a disease that makes the body unable to properly use and store glucose (a form of sugar). Glucose backs up in the bloodstream thus causing a person’s blood glucose (sometimes referred to as blood sugar) to rise too high.
Type 1 diabetes usually develops in children or young adults, but can occur at any age. We are going to stick to type 2 diabetes because this form of diabetes usually occurs in people who are over 40, overweight, and have a family history of diabetes,(although today it is increasingly occurring in younger people, particularly adolescents).
This article is aimed at mature men.
The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) says, erectile dysfunction is common for men who have diabetes. Also fifty (50%) of men will suffer from ED within 10 years of being diagnosed with diabetes.
How diabetes causes erectile dysfunction is because the same high blood sugar levels that caused damage to blood vessels and nerves in other parts of the body can cause the same damage to the penis, especially blood flow.
The longer a man has had diabetes, the more likely he will suffer from ED. Also if blood glucose levels have not been well controlled throughout the illness, blood vessel and nerve damage will be greater. Complications of accompanying heart disease such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol can also affect ED. A man with diabetes who also smokes increases his risk of developing ED.