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Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction - When You Can't Get it Up!



Erectile dysfunction (ED), is a problem that many diabetic men face. Especially if they have had the diabetes for some time.

This happens when an erection is difficult to produce or maintain during sexual performance - repeatedly! Reasons can vary. It could be blood flow, nerve damage or even psychological.

 Diabetes is not the only cause. Other causes include:

  • psychological reasons

  • cardiovascular disease

  • atherosclerosis (scarring or calcification of erectile tissue)

  • neurological problems

  • side effects of drugs.(anti-depressants, high blood pressure, etc.)

  • Smoking - smoking is a key cause of erectile dysfunction nicotine causes impotence because it promotes arterial narrowing.

  • Aging

  • nerve damage - (neurological) sometimes caused by diabetes

  • stress and anxiety

  • depression and other causes.

I can't get it up!

Not attaining an erection  - even when there's nothing ailing you sometimes happens. That's not necessarily "ED", The problem is when it happens repeatedly. "ED" is usually related to some negative health condition which may include:

  • poor dietary habits,

  • obesity,

  • diabetes

  • cardiovascular disease

  • and peripheral vascular disease.

"I can never have sex again!"

Never say never! There are treatments for most diabetics who suffer from erectile dysfunction in most cases. Some of these are:

  • drugs such as sildenafil or Viagra

  • prostaglandin tablets or Injections. (These go directly into the urethra - (ouch) - just kidding, I hear that they are not really that painful.

  • a penile prosthesis 

  • vascular reconstructive surgery

  • aerobic exercise is an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction

  • External vacuum pump

  • internal penis pumps

  • creams

I hope this information gives you some insight and help, into "ED", it's causes, and solutions -  for even more information read this excellent indepth clinical study on "ED".

There's anoyher equally serious subject that I would like to touch on.

 While diabetes is only one cause for Erectile Dysfuntion, I think it warrants special attention since 



25% to 40% of men around the world suffer from it.

Here's one solution that I recommend.

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