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Diabetes and ED

Diabetes & Sexual Intimacy

Sexual intimacy is an important part of life. For people with diabetes, it's necessary to pay close attention to issues concerning their sexual health. Learn more about how diabetes affects your sexuality ›

Diabetes Doubles Risk for ED

Men with diabetes are twice as likely to experience erectile dysfunction as men without the disease, making diabetes one of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction. Diabetic men also confront this problem at younger ages than men in the general population. Both forms of diabetes increase the risk, although animal research offers early clues that the pathway to ED may differ depending on whether a man has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. If this proves true in human studies, it could be a step toward better-tailored treatments.

Among men with diabetes, erectile dysfunction usually develops gradually over a period of months or years. At first, the erection may not be as rigid as it once was or perhaps cannot be sustained. Sometimes erectile dysfunction is the first sign that a man has diabetes.

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Oral Medications for Erectile Dysfunction

Prescription oral medications are often very successful in treating ED. But men with certain health problems or who are taking certain other medications should not use them. And all medications may cause side effects. Talk with your doctor about whether oral ED medication is right for you, and the risks and benefits of the medication.

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Your Guide to Diabetes & ED

Reference: Erectile Dysfunction section on Better Medicine

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Diabetes is one of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction.