According to Healio Endocrinology online publication, a study of men with erectile dysfunction showed that those with diabetes were 1.5 to two times more likely to pursue aggressive treatment options. Diabetes had preceded 19,236 (14%) patients’ diagnosis of prevalent and incident erectile dysfunction in the 136,306 men included in the claims-based study conducted from 2002 to 2006.
These findings indicate that erectile dysfunction among men with diabetes could be less responsive to first-line treatments. First-line ED treatments often include oral medications.
The rate of erectile dysfunction tended to increase with age and was most prevalent among non-white men aged 60 to 64 years, according to data. Of the 19,236 with diabetes, 538 (2.8%) were treated with second-line therapies, and 2,134 (1.8%) of the 117,070 men without diabetes were treated with second-line therapies.
Therefore, patients with diabetes were 60% more likely to be prescribed secondary therapies for erectile dysfunction within 5 years of diagnosis compared with men without diabetes (OR=1.6; 95% CI, 1.4-1.7). Similarly, 50% were more likely to be prescribed secondary therapies for erectile dysfunction during the 2-year observational period, according to researchers.
Additional data indicated that 125 men with diabetes (0.8%) underwent third-line therapy compared with 437 men without diabetes (0.4%). Men with diabetes were twice as likely to undergo penile prosthesis surgery (OR=2.1; 95% CI, 1.8-2.6) compared with men without diabetes.
“Among all men with [erectile dysfunction], progression to second- and third-line therapies was most dramatic within the first 6 months of [erectile dysfunction] diagnosis,” researchers wrote.
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