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Why do men with diabetes have erectile dysfunction?

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Diabetes can damage the blood vessels and nerves that control erection. So even if you have normal amounts of male hormones, you still may not be able to get a firm erection. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

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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