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Can Diabetes Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Can Diabetes Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Diabetes is a disease which, among other things, directly affects the body’s cardiovascular system.  Since a poorly working cardiovascular system is directly linked to erectile dysfunction, men with diabetes may have an increased risk of erectile dysfunction.

Erections are dependent upon healthy blood circulation to a man’s penis.  An erect penis is almost entirely comprised of tissue engorged with blood. Over time, diabetes damages the nerves and blood vessels in the body’s furthermost extremities. Statistically speaking, over half of men and about one third of women diagnosed with diabetes experience some form of sexual dysfunction.

Managing your diabetes will not reverse the damage that occurred to your nerves and blood vessels but can prevent worsening of the problem. There are also therapies, such as the use of penis pumps, that may help retrain your nerves to follow the specific sexual scripts you want. Like most tissue in the body, nerves are malleable and grow in response to environmental factors. If you experience erectile dysfunction due in part to diabetes, a penis pump can retrain your body to respond to sexual stimulation with an erection.

Talking to your doctor about your history of diabetes and experiences of erectile dysfunction is most important to preventing further problems. A penis pump can be the most proactive therapy as it engages your full body system without using medications. If you would like more information regarding Aeroflow’s penis pumps, give us a call today.

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