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Understanding the link between diabetes and impotence

Men with diabetes are at a higher risk of impotence. In fact, it has been found that diabetic men tend to develop erection problems 10 to 15 years earlier than otherwise healthy men. Sometimes, impotence is an early clue that you may be diabetic.

It is commonly said, ‘Uncontrolled diabetes is a slow killer’. The saying is completely true as diabetes gradually debilitates one’s body organ by organ. Effects of increased or decreased blood glucose on the heart are well known, but how diabetes can affect a man’s sex life is not discussed widely. It has been estimated that men with diabetes are four times more likely to experience erection problems when compared to men without diabetes. In fact, it has been seen that impotence at a young age is often a warning sign of diabetes.

How impotence is caused in men with diabetes?

Impotence is mainly caused by damage to nerves or blood vessels that supply blood to the penis, uncontrolled blood sugar level or fear of not being able to achieve an erection. Constant high blood sugar levels in diabetic men can damage blood vessels that supply nutrients and transmit signals from the brain. This damage to blood vessels and nerve cells has a direct effect on blood supply. As the blood flow in the penis chamber goes down, men find it hard to attain or maintain erection.

Diabetic men are also prone to atherosclerosis, a condition for hardening and narrowing of the arteries. This can also affect blood in the arteries, leading to erection problems. High blood sugar in men with diabetes can affect the production of nitric oxide, a chemical essential for erection. Along with erection, high blood sugar also affects libido in men. Not being able to perform in bed can break the confidence of any man and lead to stress and depression. Psychological problems often tend to aggravate erection problems. It is clear that diabetes, if not managed properly, can lead to problems with your sex life, but it is more obvious that treatment for erection problems in diabetic men is a necessity.

So, what can you do to take control of your erection?

The good news is there are many treatments available to help diabetic men overcome erectile dysfunction. The popular prescription pills Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra (vardenafil) can be used for gaining temporary erections. Although these pills are effective, they come with a barrage of side-effects. It becomes a problem when you are already taking pills for diabetes management. Taking two prescription pills together is a recipe for disaster and hence doctors don’t recommend that.

Diabetic men should therefore turn to a more natural remedy for combating erection problems. Natural impotence supplements like Prelox pills can help dilate blood vessels and improve circulation in the penis chamber. As these pills are made of herbs and natural ingredients, there is no risk of side-effects.

Apart from pills, there are also vacuum pump devices that can help increase blood flow. These devices can be used in conjunction with oral pills. Then there are penis injections that can help treat impotence. Some oils and creams are also available on the market for improving erections. As an end resort, men can consider trying penile implants to improve erection strength. All the treatments mentioned here are effective and can be used by diabetic men. Although only a few of the treatments need a prescription from a doctor, you should take his advice before starting any treatment.

No matter which treatment you choose, it is essential to make lifestyle changes if you are diabetic. Your diet and physical activity play a crucial role when it comes to results of the methods. Make right lifestyle choices, such as eat healthy, quit smoking, reduce alcohol consumption and increase physical activity, as it will not only help combat erection problems but will make diabetes management easy.

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