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Is Erectile Dysfunction related to Diabetes?

Question: I have erectile dysfunction. Is this related to my diabetes?

Answer: It goes without saying that the measure of a man’s “manliness” is the ability of his “manhood” to snap to attention. This holds especially true to the macho-centric culture of the Filipinos. A male’s inability to answer to the call of his partner’s sexual desire is more than just opportunity lost but more of a personal insult if not utter curse. True enough, this has been a growing problem among our diabetic patients, a condition which is often underdiagnosed, since discussion about this problem is usually not tackled on the initial consult when patient rapport is not yet well established. Very seldom is this fact volunteered by patients unless categorically asked.

This condition is medically termed as “Erectile Dysfunction” (ED) or impotence, described as the inability to get or maintain an erction firm enough for sex. It may be true that most men may have trouble having on erection from time to time, but the problem can only be labelled as ED if the symptoms are consistent for 3 months or more. Men with diabetes tend to develop ED 10 to 15 years earlier than non-diabetic males, as this may be a natural occurrence in old age.

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