Every man on occasion can when the time is right fail to have an erection. This is often humiliating but urologists say normal. But when it begins to occur often or semi-often, or the firmness of the erection has changed significantly, it is time to see a physician. ED is a many times a symptom of many more serious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, or mood or emotional disorders such as depression. Diabetes can also cause erectile dysfunction, usually by damaging the nerves associated with an erection. But now scientists have found that it works the other way too. Those middle-aged men who have ED run a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes, according to a new study out of the University of Toronto. This is the acquired kind of diabetes. It is considered an age-related disease that may be caused by obesity, a lack of exercise, and a poor diet.
Those men between ages 40 and 59 with erectile dysfunction are twice as likely to develop type-2 diabetes according to this study. Researchers combed through the data of 4,500 men taking part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Data from 2001 to 2004 was selected. All participants were at least 20 years-old. It was found that men without ED had a one in 50 chance of developing type-2 diabetes. But for those who had ED, the chances were one in 10. The study was published in the journal the Annals of Family Medicine. For anyone suffering from ED, know that there are lots of treatment options available today. It is not anything to be embarrassed about. But getting checked out by a doctor or urologist is important. Otherwise, the underlying condition may get worse. But the opposite is true too. Those who wait could develop other worrisome diseases as well.