Diabetes cases continue to rise even though it can very well be prevented. When left untreated or poorly managed, it can result in health complications including neuropathy, vision changes, cardiac-related events, and can even negatively impact your sex life.
Many people don’t realize this, but type 2 diabetes can trigger erectile dysfunction. A recent study from Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital uncovered that type 2 diabetics are at a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Co-author of the study Atul Kakar explained, “ED has high prevalence in diabetics and occurs in early ages of diabetic population as compared to non-diabetics.”
The study involved 225 diabetic males aged 18 to 65 and 50 non-diabetic males of the same age group. The severity of erectile dysfunction was measured using Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM) questionnaire.
The researchers found that 173 (78.7 percent) diabetic males had erectile dysfunction to some extent while the control group only had 46 percent of males with erectile dysfunction.
Also noted was that the longer a person had diabetes, the higher their risk of developing erectile dysfunction was.
The researchers suggest that properly managing and treating diabetes may help to reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction. This can be done through medical interventions along with lifestyle changes.
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