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Diabetes Screening Important for Men with ED

Sep 02, 2015

Finally, high blood sugar can interfere with the production of certain chemicals that are needed for an erection, such as nitric oxide, which aids blood flow by relaxing smooth muscle tissue.

The study results can help both patients and doctors, the scientists explained.

“Men with erectile dysfunction, particularly those who are middle-aged, should be made aware of their potential for having underlying diabetes and be encouraged to obtain screening. In the same vein, physicians should be vigilant in obtaining sexual histories in middle-aged men and screening those with erectile dysfunction for diabetes,” they wrote.


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Resources

Annals of Family Medicine

Skeldon, Sean C., MD, et al.

“Erectile Dysfunction and Undiagnosed Diabetes, Hypertension, and Hypercholesterolemia”

(Full-text. July/August 2015)

http://www.annfammed.org/content/13/4/331.full.pdf+html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey”

(Page last updated: August 17, 2015)

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm

Medscape Medical News

Barclay, Laurie, MD

“Erectile Dysfunction Should Trigger Diabetes Screening”

(July 21, 2015)

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/848364

Sexual Medicine Society of North America

“Diabetes – Erectile Dysfunction”

http://www.sexhealthmatters.org/erectile-dysfunction/diabetes-erectile-dysfunction/single

“Nitric Oxide Microspheres”

(November 13, 2013)

http://www.sexhealthmatters.org/news/nitric-oxide-microspheres

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