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Understanding The Link Between Errectile Dysfunction And Diabetes

Aug 17, 2007
Do you suffer from erectile dysfunction? Erectile dysfunction is a common problem for men, especially if you have diabetes. It is defined as the inability to get or keep an erection. It is not only a physical problem, however, because it also affects the relationship with your partner and can decrease your quality of life. Many things cause erectile dysfunction, including health problems, medication, alcohol, and drugs, as well as stress, anxiety, depression, and other lifestyle problems.

Poor blood sugar control is one reason that a diabetic man may experience erectile dysfunction. Arteries that have hardened may be another cause for this condition, because when the arteries become hard they will not allow blood and oxygen to flow to some parts of the body, including the penis.

Diabetes is not the only cause of erectile dysfunction, however. Other causes are cardiovascular disease, increased age, and a diminished signal to the brain to signal arousal. Other things that help contribute to this condition are high cholesterol, medications, and low hormone levels. If you can keep your blood sugar level regulated, you can help prevent or delay the development of erectile dysfunction and enjoy a normal, functional sex life.

You can prevent and control erectile dysfunction. Some simple ways that you can do this is to exercise regularly, keep blood sugar levels controlled, lose weight, and quit smoking. There are studies that have concluded that men who lost weight and exercised on a regular basis saw an improvement in their erectile dysfunction.

Many times the diabetes medications or other medications that you need for your health cause erectile dysfunction. That is why it is important that your physician takes a look at the medications that you take on a regular basis to see if some changes need to be made to help your erectile dysfunction.

Medications are available to help you with impotence, including Cialis, Levitra, and Viagra. Unfortunately, though, sometimes these medications are not effective for men who have diabetes.

One method that has a high success rate with diabetic men is the vacuum constriction device. This device works no matter what the cause of the erectile dysfunction is and can be used as a foreplay tool for the couple.

There are many other methods to help deal with erectile dysfunction. One method involves Intracavernosal injections to the penis to help stimulate an erection. Other methods with a high success rate include surgery and penile prostheses implantation, but the risk of infection in diabetic men is a possibility. Adding more testosterone to the body is another treatment, but it is not recommended for men who are still producing testosterone.

Experiencing erectile dysfunction does not mean that you are never going to have a healthy sexual life again. It may be frustrating, but there are other ways to enjoy a sexual relationship with your partner. You can spend time bathing together, telling naughty stories, cuddling, or massaging each other. Use your imagination and see what you can come up with!
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