Are You at Risk for Impotence?

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Knowing your risk factors will help you make the best health decisions. Men who are most at risk for erectile dysfunction related to type 2 diabetes:

Have high blood sugar (glucose)
Know they have diabetes, but are not meeting the goals for their A1C, or average glucose results
Have high cholesterol
Have high blood pressure
Have low testosterone
Are overweight or obese
Are 40 or older
Smoke cigarettes
Do not exercise

Breaking the Erectile Dysfunction-Type 2 Diabetes Link

Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to live with erectile dysfunction. The right diabetes treatment can help. 

Follow these guidelines:

Get your diabetes under control. According to Dr. Nehra, the most important number you need to stay on top of is your A1C, which is a blood test that lets you know how well your blood sugar has been controlled for the past few months. Lifestyle changes can help and so can medications. Diabetes medications do not add to your risk for erectile dysfunction, says Nehra.


Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet and getting enough exercise will help both your diabetes and your erectile dysfunction.
If you smoke, quit.
Maintain a healthy weight. If you’re overweight or obese, losing even a small percent of your body weight will help control diabetes. Obese men might also benefit from gastric bypass surgery, which has been shown to relieve both erectile dysfunction and diabetes in some patients.
Seek treatment for erectile dysfunction. There are many ways to treat erectile dysfunction, including pills, injections, vacuum pumps, and surgery. Talk to your urologist about what you can do for erectile dysfunction even while you are working to control your diabetes.
Get heart disease risk factors under control. Work with your doctor to lower blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which can contribute to erectile dysfunction.

The connection between impotence and diabetes is undeniable, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept this outcome. Taking steps to control your diabetes and reduce erectile dysfunction will improve your quality of life.