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Could Erectile Dysfunction Help Diagnose Diabetes in Men?

Chesapeake Urology Associates
Posted on: 17 Nov 17
Could Erectile Dysfunction Help Diagnose Diabetes in Men?

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OWINGS MILLS, Md., Nov. 17, 2017

OWINGS MILLS, Md., Nov. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Erectile dysfunction – it's a real problem that affects about 1 in 10 men at some point in their lives. But, did you know that erectile dysfunction (ED) is not just a sexual problem? Erectile dysfunction is often a symptom of a more complex medical condition such as diabetes. In fact, ED may be an early indicator of diabetes. Yet, many men are unaware they have the condition until they begin experiencing symptoms such as erectile dysfunction.

"Diabetes causes a twofold attack on the ability to achieve an erection," explained Marc  Siegelbaum, M.D., urologist and director of the Erectile Dysfunction Program at Chesapeake Urology.  "Diabetes causes damage to both the penile and perineal nerves that carry the sensory impulses to the brain that are responsible for initiating a man's sexual response. Diabetes also damages the small blood vessels that are responsible for the blood flow to the penis. When these blood vessels are damaged and blood flow is reduced or eliminated to the penis, a man won't be able to achieve an erection."

In addition to reduced blood flow to the penis, uncontrolled diabetes can result in nerve damage, or neuropathy. Damage to the nerves that control a man's erection can be irreversible, which is why medical management of the condition is so important for preserving a man's erectile function.

Sobering Statistics on Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction

According to The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:

  • Between 20% and up to 75% of men with diabetes will experience at least some degree of erectile dysfunction during their lifetime.
  • Some studies show that ED may be an early indicator of diabetes, particularly in men 45 years of age or younger.
  • Men with diabetes may experience problems with erectile dysfunction 10 to 15 years earlier than men without diabetes.

[Source: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/preventing-problems/sexual-urologic-problems ]

Treating the Underlying Cause of Erectile Dysfunction is Critical

According to Dr. Siegelbaum, a man who has normal sexual desire and normal testosterone levels may still experience ED because of restricted blood flow to the penis due to an undiagnosed condition such as diabetes.  "Erectile dysfunction is not just another part of aging and shouldn't be taken lightly. Men who experience ED should see a physician for a comprehensive medical exam to find the root cause of the erectile issue," he urges.   

Treating Erectile Dysfunction

Controlling the progression of diabetes through diet and medication will certainly help improve blood flow through the body and help prevent future nerve damage. However, men who continue to have problems with erectile dysfunction should seek help from a urologist. A number of treatment options are available, from oral medications and injection therapy to penile implants in more severe cases.

Learn more about erectile dysfunction and treatment options – visit https://ed.chesapeakeurology.com/ .

To find a Chesapeake Urology physician, visit https://www.chesapeakeurology.com/physicians/ or call Chesapeake Urology at 866-953-3111.

About Chesapeake Urology
Chesapeake Urology is a fully-integrated urology practice providing a comprehensive array of urologic services to its patients. The Company, including its Urological Consultants division, operates 25 medical offices and 17 AAAHC-certified ambulatory surgery centers in Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Carroll, Montgomery, Prince George's, and Anne Arundel counties and in Baltimore City, and has a staff of more than 725 including 87 physicians, 80 which are urologists. Chesapeake has been named one of the top places to work in healthcare nationally by Modern Healthcare magazine and Becker's ASC Review, and locally by the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore magazine and the Baltimore Business Journal.  For information about Chesapeake Urology, please visit ChesapeakeUrology.com.

CONTACT:
Patricia Schnably, VP of Marketing and Communications
Chesapeake Urology Associates
443-738-8107; pschnably@cua.md; ChesapeakeUrology.com  

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Last updated on: 17/11/2017

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