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Why do men with diabetes gave erectile dysfunction?

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The causes of erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes are complex and involve impairments in nerve, blood vessel, and muscle function.

To get an erection, men need healthy blood vessels, nerves, male hormones, and a desire to be sexually stimulated. Diabetes can damage the blood vessels and nerves that control erection. Therefore, even if you have normal amounts of male hormones and the desire to have sex, you still may not be able to achieve a firm erection.

SOURCES: 

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Erectile Dysfunction.” 

American Diabetes Association: “Lifestyle Changes Improve Erectile Function.” 

News release, FDA.

Weill Cornell Medical College. "Penile Implant Surgery." "Vacuum Devices for Erectile Dysfunction."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 7, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Erectile Dysfunction.” 

American Diabetes Association: “Lifestyle Changes Improve Erectile Function.” 

News release, FDA.

Weill Cornell Medical College. "Penile Implant Surgery." "Vacuum Devices for Erectile Dysfunction."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 7, 2019

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