Dating with Diabetes-Related Erectile Dysfunction

May 12th, 2011

According to the National Institutes of Health, having diabetes more than doubles the risk of a man experiencing erectile dysfunction, or ED. Between 20 and 75% of men with diabetes experience ED, compared to about one in every five men without a chronic health condition. That's because diabetes can cause nerve and artery damage that can make achieving an erection difficult.

ED is a much more common occurrence in the general population than most people realize. ED can be caused by a variety of physical and psychological factors, including stress, low self esteem, disease, surgery, injury, and tobacco, drug and alcohol use. There are over 200 medications that can cause or contribute to ED. Diabetes medications are not among them.

Almost all men will experience ED at some point in their life, especially as they get older. There are now a number of effective treatments for ED, including lifestyle changes, prescription medication, and injections, pumps and pellets. Viagra and similar ED medication are among the top-selling prescription drugs in modern pharmaceutical history.

Impotence is a particular issue for single men who want to date. About.com guide Cory Silverberg posted a straightforward and reassuring article about the challenges of dating for single men with ED. To read Silverberg's article >CLICK HERE.<