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Understanding Diabetic Neuropathy and Erectile Dysfunction

Understanding Diabetic Neuropathy and Erectile DysfunctionDiabetes and erectile dysfunction (ED) are often connected. When compared to men without the disease, diabetic men are almost four times more likely to have ED. They also tend to develop it ten to fifteen years earlier and have more severe cases.

How does diabetes lead to ED? High blood sugar can reduce blood flow to the penis, through atherosclerosis, interference with chemical processes, and damage to erectile tissues.

Autonomic neuropathy (nerve damage) from diabetes can also contribute to ED. Normally, when a man is sexually stimulated, nerve signals travel between the penis and brain that trigger an erection. If a man has neuropathy, these nerve signals can’t travel properly. The result is a weak erection or no erection at all.


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