Erectile dysfunction is also called impotence. Due to this problem, a man is not able to achieve or maintain an erection for a long time during sex. There are many causes of erectile dysfunction (ED), which can be physical, psychological, or both. Similarly, one of the most common causes of ED is diabetes. Especially people suffering from type 2 diabetes are more prone to ED. It is also clear from the study that 35-75% of men with diabetes have ED problems. Also, such men can become victims of ED 10-15 years earlier than normal men.

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Today in this article you will know in detail what is the relation between type 2 diabetes and erectile dysfunction -

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  1. What does the research say?
  2. Can type 2 Diabetes Causes ED?
  3. Risk factors for erectile dysfunction and diabetes
  4. How to treat erectile dysfunction due to diabetes
  5. Lifestyle changes for erectile dysfunction
  6. Takeaway
Doctors for Does type 2 diabetes cause ED?

Boston University Medical Center reports that about 50% of men with type 2 diabetes develop ED within 5 to 10 years of being diagnosed with diabetes. On the other hand, for men who also have heart disease, then their chances of getting ED increases even more.

Apart from this, the results of 2014 research show that if a man with diabetes adopts a healthy lifestyle, it can reduce the symptoms of diabetes and also reduce the chances of getting sexual dysfunction.

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When a man is sexually aroused, a chemical called nitric oxide is released into his bloodstream. This chemical relaxes the arteries and muscles of the penis, allowing better blood flow to the penis. This makes it easier for men to get and maintain an erection.

At the same time, a man suffering from diabetes is troubled by the fluctuations in his blood glucose level. Therefore, when blood glucose levels are high, there is less nitric oxide production. Due to this, the flow of blood in the male's penis does not happen in a better way, due to which it becomes difficult to get or maintain an erection. According to the study, the level of nitric oxide is found to be low in men suffering from diabetes.

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Many risk factors can increase the complications of diabetes and erectile dysfunction -

  • Not managing blood sugar properly.
  • Be stressed and anxious.
  • Fall into depression.
  • Not having a good diet.
  • Less physical activity.
  • Obesity.
  • Smoking and drinking.
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure.
  • Taking medications that cause ED.
  • Taking medicine for high blood pressure, pain, or depression.

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There are many ways to treat erectile dysfunction. Only this doctor can tell better which treatment is better according to the condition of the patient. About this we are telling below -

Oral medicine

Erectile dysfunction medications include sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis, Adcirca), vardenafil, or avanafil (Centendra). These pills can help improve blood flow to the penis, making it easier to get and maintain an erection. Never take these medicines without a doctor's advice.

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If someone does not benefit from pills, then the doctor can advise taking medicine through injection. It is injected into the top or side of the penis. Like the pills, the injection also increases blood flow, which helps in achieving and maintaining an erection.

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Vacuum-erection device

It is also called a penis pump or vacuum pump. This device is a tube that is placed over the penis. It acts like a pump to draw blood into the penis to create an erection. A band is then applied to the base of the penis to maintain the erection after the tube is removed. This handheld or battery-operated device is easy to use and low risk.

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Penile implant

If pills, injections, or penis pumps don't work, doctors may consider a surgical implant. Penile implants may prove to be a safe and effective option for many men with erectile dysfunction.

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For overall health and to control the problem of ED and diabetes, bring these changes in lifestyle -

Stop smoking

Smoking and other tobacco products cause the blood vessels to narrow. Due to this, the blood flow in the penis also decreases. Apart from this, smoking also lowers the nitric oxide levels of the body. Less nitric oxide means less blood flow. Reduced blood flow can cause erectile dysfunction.

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Good diet

Diabetes patients should pay special attention to their diet. For this, a dietitian should be consulted as to what should and should not be included in the diet. Taking a good diet improves overall physical health. With this, not only can diabetes be controlled, but the problem of ED can also be improved.

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Balanced weight

Being overweight can cause both erectile dysfunction and diabetes. Therefore, everyone should keep their weight balanced. For this, regular exercise and yoga is needed.

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Abstinence from alcohol

Alcohol can trigger the problem of erectile dysfunction. Therefore, keep your distance from alcohol as much as possible. Drinking alcohol can also cause diabetes problems. No matter what age a man is, he should not consume alcohol.

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It is clear from this article that a man suffering from diabetes is most likely to have ED. Therefore, a diabetic patient needs to take special care of himself. Although diabetes cannot be eradicated from the root, by managing it, problems like ED can be avoided. If there is still a problem with ED, then proper treatment should be done on the doctor's advice, and also healthy life needs to be followed.

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Dr. Anurag Kumar

Dr. Anurag Kumar

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