Does diabetes cause erectile dysfunction?
Type 1 diabetes occurs when your body cannot produce adequate levels of insulin. This type of diabetes affects young and old people alike.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body develops a resistance to insulin due to overproduction. It is more common in patients over 45.
If not properly controlled, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can cause complications due to high blood sugar levels. Over time, these high levels can cause irreversible nerve damage and narrow your blood vessels. While nerve damage may affect the sensitivity of your penis, blood vessel damage can affect the blood flow to your penis and make it more difficult for you to get an erection.
Men who have diabetes are also more likely to suffer from other conditions which increase your risk of ED. These include high blood pressure, heart problems, hormonal problems and depression.
Some of these conditions are treated with medications which can have ED as a side effect.
Keeping your diabetes under control will help you avoid other health problems and reduce your risk of ED.