Over 50% of men with Diabetes suffer from Erectile Dysfunction
Damiano Pizzol, and MD of Doctors of Africa Cuamm, in Mozambique, authored a new meta-analysis of international studies that shows that more than half of men with diabetes have erectile dysfunction.
All men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) must consider getting tested for diabetes, as well as those suffering from diabetes should test themselves for erectile dysfunction. Dr Pizzol spoke to Renal & Urology News and told them that men with diabetes develop erectile dysfunction about 10 to 15 years earlier than healthy men. Amongst the other things Dr. Pizzol shared is how diabetic men should also aim for regular assessments of their cardiovascular and potential risks, since diabetes usually presents an underlying vasculopathy and there’s an increase in the evidence of a direct link between ED and cardiovascular disease.
Pizzol’s meta-analysis was originally published in Diabetic Medicine online, which after adjustment for publication bias, demonstrated 52% of men with diabetes suffer from ED as well. However, the number of men with type 2 diabetes who suffer from erectile dysfunction is higher than those who live with type 1 diabetes, Whilst the latter shows a percentage of 37.5%, Type 2 diabetes patients suffering from ED make up for a 66.3%. In other words, diabetes poses an erectile dysfunction risk 3.62 times higher for the men who suffer from it.
In previous research about ED, the presence of diabetic related issues such as the lack of glycemic control, hyperlipidemia, smoking, sedentary lifestyles and long-known diabetes amongst others have been spotted on erectile dysfunction patients. Even if during the most recent study, only old age (60+) and hypertension were associated diabetes-related erectile dysfunction but Pizzol encouraged all patients to receive the right treatment for all of their conditions.
Since diabetes and depressive symptoms are closely linked, special attention for diabetic erectile dysfunction patients is advised in order to attack all fronts. Psychosexual counseling and treatment from a specialist urologist are necessary aside from the pharmacological therapy.
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