Erectile dysfunction or impotence occurs in approximately 35-75% of diabetic men. They will go through at least some degree of this condition during their life. They tend to develop this 10 to 15 years ahead of men who do not have diabetes.
As they age, erectile dysfunction even becomes more common. They will experience difficulties with an erection about 50 - 60% when they reach the age of over 50. When they hit above 90, the likelihood of having this difficulty, rises to approximately 95%. Please sign up at the top of the page to receive an ongoing free weekly alerts and tips at the top of the page of the above link.
This begs the question why men with diabetes suffer from impotence. Would you believe the causes are multifaceted? This condition includes impairment in blood vessel, nerve and muscle function. Men need healthy nerves, blood vessels, male hormones and the desire to be sexually aroused.
Therein lies the problem for diabetes can damage the nerves and blood vessels. So even if men have the desire and the correct amounts of male hormones, they may not be able to have firm erection. Diabetes could have damaged the nerves and blood vessels that control the erection.
Now let's go to the solution part for there are treatments available but you have to check with your doctor. Why? Because taking oral medication like Cialis, Viagra and Levitra which can help with the problem may not be appropriate because they may interact dangerously with heart medicine.
However, there are other treatment options like vacuum constriction devices, injection therapy, sex therapy, intracavernous injection therapy, and intraurethral therapy. Is there a best one? It depends on your condition and how much you can endure. Get your doctor to refer you to a urologist who is an expert on this.
Professors Dr. Pedro Vendeira and Dr. Carla Costa were awarded an ESSM Award of Excellence for their study on erectile dysfunction in diabetics at Lisbon, Portugal during the 10th yearly Congress. The title of their study is Bone-marrow Derived-cell Treatment for Diabetes-associated Erectile Dysfunction.
This condition appears earlier due to the peripheral vascular difficulty that changes the normal blood flux to the organ. This impedes the normal erectile capacity. The study’s chief goal is to revascularize the diabetic penile tissue. This is through the use of cellular therapy which is done in diabetic rats. Healthy animal cells are transplanted to the diabetic animal’s penis.
This research was conducted at the University of Oporto’s Faculty of Medicine. The researchers received financial help for this earlier and the ESSM Award came with financial reward as well. This award was formed by the European Study for Sexual Medicine to help with the development and research in sexual health, particularly on the issue of erectile dysfunction.