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What is impotence?

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Also called erectile dysfunction, impotence refers to the persistent inability of the penis to become or stay erect. Some men may become impotent after having diabetes for a long time, due to nerve and blood vessel damage in the penis. It is estimated that 50% of men diagnosed with type 2 diabetes experiences some form of impotence.

From: Glossary of Diabetes Terms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Diabetes Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. xylitol.org. News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 20, 2017

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SOURCES: American Diabetes Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. xylitol.org. News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 20, 2017

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