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.