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Type 2 Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction

Type 2 Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Is There a Connection?

From Although diabetes and erectile dysfunction (ED) are two separate conditions, they tend to go hand-in-hand.

ED is defined as having difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. Diabetes occurs when you have too much sugar circulating in your bloodstream. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, which affects less than 10 percent of those who have diabetes, and type 2 diabetes, which accounts for over 90 percent of diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes often develops as a result of being overweight or inactive. Approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes, and about half of them are men.

ED tends to become more common as men age. The connection between diabetes and ED is related to your circulation and nervous system. Poorly controlled blood sugar levels can damage small blood vessels and nerves. Damage to the nerves that control sexual stimulation and response can impede a man’s ability to achieve an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse.


Note from American Male Medical: If you’re having difficulty getting or maintaining your erection, please call to learn about how we can help. The doctors at American Male Medical are specialists at treating ED, PE and Low Testosterone and have a 97% success rate when treating men for ED even when they have diabetes.

Remember – putting it off won’t make it better, and may make things worse. Don’t let unnecessary embarrassment or reluctance keep you from getting the help you need today.

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