Diabetes

Question
Posted by: | 2017/12/20

Q.

Diabetes causing erectile dysfunction

Good day, Is it true that men start experiencing problems with erections 6 years after being diagnosed with diabetes?

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert
- 2018/01/15

Hi

Erectile dysfunction(an inability to attain or maintain an erection) is unfortunately a common problem in diabetes, and is caused by nerve and blood vessel damage secondary to high blood sugar over time.There are also drugs used for hypertension which can also affect erectile function, along with psychological and hormonal causes. Most of the time the damage is not reversible and hence treatment is need in the form of PDE 5 inhibitors, like levitra, cialis and viagra, which dilated blood vessels to help stimulate an erection. These are only available on prescription, and hence you will need to see your doctor. If the tablets don’t work as well as they should, then you should also have your testosterone  checked as it may also be low, and treating this can also help.

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