Men’s Health Study: Diabetes Increases Chances of Erectile Dysfunction

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By : Suvarna Sheth

A known link between erectile dysfunction and diabetes exists.  According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), studies estimate that 20 to 75 percent of men with diabetes experience sexual dysfunction.

A new observational study of 225 participants has found that 78% of diabetes patients had some form of erectile dysfunction (ED).  The prevalence of ED in the non-diabetes control group was 46%.

The study was conducted from April 2015 to June 2017 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, India and was published in the journal, Current Medicine Research, and Practice.

According to the study, ED is one of the most common, yet neglected medical problems.  The authors write about the importance of screening at regular intervals so that appropriate treatment can be delivered.

Males diagnosed with type 2 diabetes between the ages of 18–65 were included in the study.  Men of the same age group without diabetes were also taken into the study as a control group.

“One of the interesting findings of the study was that the longer the duration of diabetes, the more the risk of ED,” Dr. Atul Gogia, a study author told the Hindu. “Among participants who had diabetes for less than five years, 43.6% had ED, with only 3.6% having severe ED.”

Among those with diabetes for 6-10 years, 83% had ED, with 10.9% having severe ED. In the case of patients suffering from diabetes for over 10 years, 78.6% had ED, with 16.4% having severe ED.

Dr. Manuj Sondhi, the lead author of the study suggests patients with diabetes consult their doctors for regular screening of erectile dysfunction since it is significantly associated with diabetes. “Patients already suffering from ED should not feel ashamed or worry about taboo and should seek doctors help for its treatment,” he told dLife.

ED is often an embarrassing condition for men and can lead to physical or psychological implications including stress, relationship strain, and low self-esteem.  Learn more about diabetes and sexual health with our quiz.