Diabetes in and of itself is a serious health concern. But when it comes to sexual health, it can create additional issues, including low testosterone and an inability to achieve and maintain strong erections. But this doesn’t mean people with diabetes need to swear off great sex. Here we explore answers to a common question: How can a diabetic overcome erectile dysfunction?
Diabetes and ED
First, it’s important to understand that erectile dysfunction for all men is common, regardless of whether they have diabetes. In fact, it’s a condition that affects 30 million men in the U.S. That said, sources indicate that men with diabetes have a 50% higher risk of developing either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. In addition, men with diabetes are found to develop ED five to 10 years earlier in their lives than men without diabetes.
Erectile dysfunction and diabetes are linked based on the fact that many of the health issues associated with diabetes are also risk factors for ED. One of the biggest factors is that diabetes creates more sugar in the blood stream, which can damage blood vessels throughout the body, including to the penis. This makes it more difficult to achieve and maintain an erection. Coupling ED with high blood pressure can create even more harm for blood vessels, further increasing ED risk.
Another factor is that men with diabetes are often taking medications to treat health issues associated with diabetes such as high blood pressure. A side effect of some of these medications can be ED. Other factors that can trigger ED that may accompany diabetes are depression, anxiety, and low testosterone.
How can a diabetic overcome erectile dysfunction?
Still, even with these increased risks, it is possible for men with diabetes to treat their ED and continue on with healthy, satisfying sex lives. Taking these steps can help.
Lifestyle changes. There are many lifestyle changes you can make that not only help manage diabetes but also improve sexual health. If you smoke, take all measures to stop. In addition, work to reduce fat and cholesterol in your diet, alleviate stress, and lose any excess weight. Experts have found that men who lost 5% or more of their body weight improved their erections and increased their sexual desire.
Talk to your doctor. Another important step is to talk to your doctor about the impact of diabetes and the side effects of any medications. This can help you determine what is causing your ED and find the ideal treatment.
Take control. A final step is to get out in front of ED and take back your sex life. In talking to your doctor, you may be prescribed an oral ED medication, such as Viagra or Cialis. It’s important to keep in mind though that these drugs may not be recommended based on other medication you might be taking. In addition, they do not work for everyone.
A natural and effective solution that is becoming increasingly popular, regardless of the cause of ED, is vacuum therapy. This device, also known as a penis pump, uses vacuum suction to draw blood into the penis creating an erection. It is a treatment preferred by many men because there are no side effects, and it can be used along with—or instead of—other medications. There are no contraindications!
In understanding how a diabetic can overcome erectile dysfunction, remember to stay positive. Millions of men have ED, and many are leading satisfying sex lives, no matter the cause of their ED. To learn more about sexual health, browse our blogs. And to learn more about vacuum therapy and other DIY non‑medication solutions, download our free ebook, Natural Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction.