Do you have to get up several times a night and go to the bathroom? The name for this condition is nocturia. It can affect a man’s quality of sleep. Older men are more prone to it. Most of the time, it is due to a noncancerous swelling of the prostate, what is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In a minority of cases, prostate cancer may be causing it. Urologists have long found an association between nocturia and ED. It was once thought a mere coincidence since older men are prone to both conditions. But several epidemiological studies have shown a connection. A recent Japanese study published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation, regarded the link between these two, but included type 2 diabetes as well. Patients with diabetes are more likely to have ED. But little information was available regarding the connection among all three, if any.
332 Japanese men ages 19-70 took part in this study. Each had type 2 diabetes. First, the men were given a questionnaire. All participants had also undergone blood tests at a hospital or medical center. Researchers looked at their health history, the results of these blood tests, and the questionnaire to form conclusions. They accounted for each man’s age, BMI, whether or not they had high blood pressure, had suffered a stroke, had diabetic neuropathy, or ischemic heart disease. Many of the men reported an ED level that was moderate to severe or severe. Nocturia was found to be present in 79.8% cases. Nighttime urination was associated with moderate to severe ED. With the severe variety, the statistical data fell a little short of what is considered significant. The takeaway is that for men who have nocturia, be on the lookout for ED. On another front, any man who is experiencing ED should see a doctor or even an urologist. This could be caused by a serious yet undiagnosed problem such as diabetes. Moreover, there are lots of treatment options available today, allowing a man to reengage in a healthy sex life.