Type 2 diabetes rates are going up in the US and worldwide. The global rate of erectile dysfunction is following closely behind, as a result. Over half of men with diabetes around the world develop ED. According to a new meta-analysis, the figure is 65% among those with type 2 diabetes. The results of that study were published online recently, in the journal Diabetic Medicine. Youssef Kouidrat, MD, of the Maritime Hospital in Berck, France, led the analysis. Dr. Kouidrat and colleagues say that today, more than half of men with diabetes have 3.5 times higher odds of developing ED, than those who don’t have it. According to these findings, those with diabetes, particularly the type 2 variety, should be screened for ED. That’s also due to the social stigma. Because men are supposed to be seen as virile and sexually inexhaustible in our culture. So men who experience ED often can’t bring themselves to talk about it. A physician broaching the subject with at-risk patients may help alleviate this.
On the other side, those who have ED might have type 2 diabetes. There’s a large contingent of men out there today, who have it and aren’t experiencing any symptoms. This is a ticking time bomb and ED could be the first symptom. To conduct the analysis, researchers examined 145 relevant studies, which contained 88,577 men total. They had an average age of 56. Each study collected their data through two questionnaires, the International Index of Erectile Function 5 (IIEF-5), and Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM). “Our findings suggest that screening and appropriate intervention for men with erectile dysfunction is warranted,” Dr. Kouidrat said. Changing one’s diet and lifestyle, such as exercising regularly and quitting smoking, can make a serious dent in such conditions. Type 2 diabetes after all, is considered a lifestyle disease, brought on mainly by a poor diet, little exercise, and carrying a significant amount of weight. If you have any form of sexual dysfunction or a condition which could give it to you, see a doctor or urologist and learn more.