Diabetes as a Risk Factor for Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile Dysfunction Plano, TXNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time of year when healthcare professionals seek to increase patient awareness about this chronic and prevalent health condition. According to statistics from 2017, more than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that another 8 million have diabetes that has not yet been diagnosed, and millions more have pre-diabetes.

Diabetes is the medical condition in which there is consistently too much glucose, or sugar, in the blood. The chronic elevation in blood glucose affects every part of the body, from the skin to the eyes to the reproductive system. In men, there is a possibility that diabetes could be a contributing factor for erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction may be classified as the condition in which a man cannot obtain an erection or, if he can become erect, cannot stay that way throughout sexual intercourse. The link between diabetes and erectile dysfunction lies in the blood vessels. In order for the penis to become erect, nerves from the penis stimulate the brain to circulate more blood into the area. It is the filled blood vessels that make the penis rigid. If diabetes compromises nerve stimulation and transmission or the strength of blood vessels, erectile dysfunction may occur. In fact, some men experience erectile dysfunction first, before being diagnosed with diabetes.

Preserving Sexual Function with Diabetes

Erectile dysfunction is not a small matter. Clearly, the ability to get an erection could indicate an underlying health issue. For this reason, any man who is consistently affected by abnormal erections should consult with a urologist to explore reasons for erectile dysfunction as well as treatment options.

There are several approaches that may be taken to preserve sexual function. These include prescription medications formulated to increase blood flow to the penis and hormone therapy. If medication does not improve sexual performance, penile injections or implant may be discussed. Lifestyle modifications are also a valuable approach to sexual function and general health and wellness.

The team at Collin County Urology offers personal care in a friendly and professional environment. Contact our Plano office at (972) 403-5425 to schedule a consultation to discuss erectile dysfunction.

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