According to the statistics, diabetes is one of the most common causes of impotence in men. Diabetes leads to nerve damage throughout the body and affects peripheral blood flow. Men with this serious condition are 3 times more likely to have erectile problems than those who do not have diabetes.
Diabetes causes irreversible damage to nerves known as neuropathy. This means that all the nerves in the body including those in the penis are damaged. This is one of the main reasons why diabetes leads to impotence in men. Inadequate singnaling between nerves and the brain and organs affects a man’s ability to achieve and sustain an erection.
Diabetes among other things is dangerous because it causes or exacerbates atherosclerosis. Narrowing or hardening of these blood vessels in atherosclerosis does not allow enough blood to flow into the penis and erectile problems occur.
Uncontrolled diabetes is uncontrolled blood sugar level. High blood sugar prevents the body from releasing enough nitric oxide necessary for erectile process and and vascular tissues don’t respond to nitric oxide release.
In conclusion approximately 12% of men with diabetes have low levels of testosterone, which impairs normal erectile function.
Diabetes should be controlled, blood sugar level should be regularly monitored and if necessary corrected by diet, medications and exercise.
The severity of this condition depends on the lifestyle of a patient and his attititude to the disease. Healthy living and managing of diabetes will help to avoid serious health consequences including impotence.