Causes of Erectile Dysfunction in Men with Diabetes
In men with Diabetes, in most cases, erectile dysfunction is associated with physical alterations, but not psychological ones. Impotence can be produced by the alterations of one or more of the mechanisms which are responsible for erections, these damages may include:
- Damage to the penis nerves.
- Inability of the blood vessels within the penis to store the blood.
- Blocked arteries.
Among the causes for damage, there are certain diseases such as Diabetes, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic alcoholism, vascular disease and prostate surgery. Impotence can also be a side effect of some antihypertensive drugs, antidepressants, tranquilizers, antihistamines, weight loss pills, etc.
Another cause of erectile dysfunction is smoking, as it affects blood flow to the arteries, veins and blood vessels. Other lifestyle related factors and habits to look out for are excessive alcohol consumption and use of certain drugs.
Impotence can also be caused due to hormonal disorders such as testosterone (male hormone) deficiency.
Psychological factors cause only 10 to 20% of all impotence cases, and can include stress, anxiety, guilt, depression, low self-esteem and fear of sexual failure. In men with Diabetes these fears may increase due to the fear of hypoglycemia.
The most important recommendation is to avoid any damage that may cause erectile dysfunction. If you have Diabetes, you need to follow your treatment rigorously, to maintain your blood sugar level values as close to normal as possible, for the longest time. The DCCT proved that tight Diabetes control can prevent damage to the nerves, arteries and blood vessels. Follow your doctor’s advice and learn how to relax. Another suggestion that may help you achieve a more pleasurable sexual activity is to always maintain a positive attitude when confronting problems.