When a man becomes sexually aroused. This nitric oxide tells the arteries and the muscles in the penis to relax, which allows more blood to flow into the penis. This gives the man an erection.
Men with diabetes struggle with blood sugar level swings, especially if their condition isn’t managed poorly.
When their blood sugar levels get too high, less nitric oxide is produced. This can mean that there is not enough blood flowing into the penis to get or keep an erection. Low levels of nitric oxide are often found in those with diabetes.
Can ED be reversed?
Yes,erectile dysfunction can be reversed. A study published in the Journal of sexual medicine found a remission rate of 29 percent after 5 years.
It is important to note that even when ED cannot be cured, the right treatment can reduce or eliminate symptoms.
Doctors have identified two types of ED:
- Primary ED occurs when a man has never been able to have or sustain an erection. This is rare.
- Secondary ED occurs in people who once had regular erectile function. This is the most common type.
Secondary ED can be reversed and is often temporary. Primary ED may require more intensive and medical-based treatments.
ED is usually treatable with medication or surgery. However, a person may be able to treat the underlying cause and reverse symptoms with no medication.
Why Do Men With Diabetes Have Erectile Dysfunction?
The causes of erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes are complex and involve impairments in nerve, blood vessel, and muscle function.
To get an erection, men need healthy blood vessels, nerves, male hormones, and a desire to be sexually stimulated. Your Diabetes can damage your blood vessels and nerves that control erection. So, even if you have normal amounts of male hormones and you have the desire to have sex, you still may not be able to achieve a firm erection.
Treatments For for Men With Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction
Men with diabetes having trouble with achieving and maintaining an erection can take oral medications like sildenafil , tadalafil, avanafil, or vardenafil.
Additional treatments men with diabetes might want to consider include intracavernous injection therapy, vacuum erection devices, venous constriction devices, intraurethral therapy, penile prostheses, and sex therapy.
So what treatment is best? Ask your doctor if you should see a specialist (a urologist) to determine the best treatment for your situation.