According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIH), men with Type-2 diabetes are at least twice as likely as other men to develop erectile dysfunction (ED).
This suggests that there’s a link between Type-2 diabetes and ED. In fact, some consider ED a symptom of Type-2 diabetes, especially in men below the age of 45.
Research conducted at Boston University examined the potential link. It found that men who have Type-2 diabetes are at greater risk of developing ED. Roughly half will develop the condition within 10 years.
Disturbingly, this number increases if the man also has heart issues.
What’s the Cause?
The link results from the effect that diabetes has on your nervous system and blood circulation. Uncontrolled blood sugar damages the small nerves and blood vessels in your body.
When nerve damage occurs in an area, stimulation has a weaker effect. This links to ED, as the stimulation that results in an erection no longer works as well as it once did.
Furthermore, damaged blood vessels restrict blood flow. Combined, these issues create the link between Type-2 diabetes and ED.
What Can You Do?
Adopting a healthy lifestyle may have an effect. A study in 2014 demonstrates that eating well and exercising regularly reduces the effect that diabetes has on your body. In turn, this lowers the damage the condition causes to nerves and blood vessels.
The Final Word
There’s a clear link between Type-2 diabetes and ED. While not the only possible cause of ED, it’s one you should take into consideration.
Speak to a doctor if you have ED alongside other symptoms of Type-2 diabetes, such as a constant need to urinate.