Diabetes and male sexual function (Part 1)

Sexuality is an important aspect in the lives of most individuals and couples. Normal sexual function involves, however, the interaction and coordination of multiple components, including psychological, physiological, social, religious and emotional factors. Chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, may have an impact on many of these components, not only physiologically, but also psychologically. Over two million Canadians are afflicted with diabetes, the majority (90%) with type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of adult buy diabetes drugs. The prevalence of diabetes increases with age. The number of people with diabetes is expected to grow substantially as the population ages. Diabetes has a detrimental effect on sexual function. The present article briefly reviews the physiological impact of diabetes on sexual function in men.

Diabetic erectile dysfunction
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is the most common cause of erectile dysfunction (ED). Up to 28% of men who complain of ED have DM as the primary causative factor.
ED is usually progressive in these patients, with more than 50% of diabetic men affected after 10 years of DM . However, ED can occasionally be the first presenting symptom of a new onset of DM. The appropriate treatment of DM often produces a return of erectile function. Treatment with an oral hypoglycemic medication or insulin does not influence the subsequent development of ED.