Erectile Dysfunction and Diabetes
By Dr Amit Joshi Sexologist in Mediva Hospital
About 35% to almost 75% of diabetic men can suffer from erectile dysfunction at some point in life. A diabetic man might suffer from erectile dysfunction almost 10 to 15 years before he/she has contracted the condition. More than 50% of diabetic middle-aged men are prone to erectile dysfunction, whereas almost 95% of diabetic men who are above 70 suffer from erectile dysfunction.
REASON FOR ED IN DIABETIC MEN:
There are certain conditions which have to be met to get an erection – healthy blood vessels, healthy nerves, sexual stimulation, male hormones, and desire. Diabetes damages the blood vessels and the nerves responsible for an erection. Hence, even with the required amount of male hormones and the desire to have a sexual experience, you might suffer from erectile dysfunction.
If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction due to diabetes, you will get various oral medications to treat the condition. But if you are suffering from diabetes as well as a heart condition, it is recommended not to use any oral medicines as that would interfere with the functioning of your heart. There are certain other therapies which you might consider in this case:
- Intra-cavernous injection therapy
- Vacuum erection device
- P-shot (PRP) Treatment
- Venous constriction device
- Sex therapy
- Intra-urethral Therapy
- Shock wave Therapy
To determine the best method, various factors, like your health and your capacity to tolerate a particular treatment, are assessed. The best way to select one will be after having a discussion with your urologist and taking his help to determine which method will be the most appropriate one.
How can you identify erectile dysfunction?
The inability to maintain an erection can impact self-esteem and relationships negatively, which many people think is erectile dysfunction, but the inability to erection does not identify erectile dysfunction. There might be other reasons. However, according to Surveys, most men face sexual health problems at some point in time, and erectile dysfunction can be one of them as its one of the most common sexual problems among men. There are more than 10 million people diagnosed with erectile dysfunction in India. This article will help you understand how you can identify or know if you have ED or symptoms of ED.
What do you mean by erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is an issue or problem among men who are unable to get an erection or able to maintain an erection for long enough for sexual intercourse. The issue can be temporary if you are stressed or in grief. However, if you are facing this situation for a long time, it can be a chronic erectile dysfunction that needs professional consultancy. Erectile dysfunction can have a traumatic impact on mental health and personal relationships.
The symptoms or signs to identify erectile dysfunction
The ability to arouse is a complex process that involves emotions, nerves, brain, hormones, blood vessels, muscles, etc. All these together develop a feeling of arousal in humans. If any of these goes wrong or are missing, it might cause erectile dysfunction. However, occasional sexual problems don’t identify as erectile dysfunction, but if you have a chronic dysfunction, you might experience symptoms such as follows:
- Premature Ejaculation
- Reduced desire for sex
- Inability to reach orgasm
- Inability to get an erection
- Inability to maintain an erection for long enough to intercourse
These are some of the symptoms that you might experience, but it’s also important to understand that it can be for some time due to stress, as mental health is an important part of physical health and sexual ability. These symptoms might occur at high risk if you:
- Have conditions like anxiety, stress, depression, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Use tobacco, drugs, alcohol, or be addicted to these for a long time.
- Undergoing radical treatment or medical treatment
- Injuries that had an impact on your arteries or nerves
- Take medications for high blood pressure, antidepressants, antihistamines, etc.
Is ED curable, and if yes, then how is it diagnosed?
Erectile dysfunction is a curable sexual health problem, and If you are facing any of these symptoms, it may be due to these reasons or any other reason. You need to consult a doctor who will help you identify the root cause of the problem and give the right cure to overcome this issue. To get completely sure about your ED, the doctor might ask about tests such as blood tests, sonography, or others according to the need. Dr. Amit Joshi, Sexologist at Mediva Hospital, has been helping people with ED over the years.
Conclusion: These are some of the major symptoms and common reasons you might find for Erectile dysfunction. If you face any of the above-mentioned issues, consult Dr. Amit Joshi, Sexologist in Mediva Hospital, for a better understanding and diagnosis. The earlier you will consult the doctor, the earlier you can overcome the problem.
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