Men with diabetes also often have ED.
Diabetes is not a single condition. It is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels (“high blood sugar”). A man with diabetes is not producing enough insulin, or the cells of his body do not respond correctly to the presence of insulin, or both.
We refer to diabetes as a “metabolic condition” not a disease, because it effects how you “metabolize”, or draw energy, from the foods you eat.
During digestion, when the sugar, or glucose is released to provide raw energy for your cells, your pancreas releases insulin in response. Insulin is what allows the “fuel” to get into the cells where it is needed. People with diabetes either do not produce enough insulin for this to happen, or there is some problem with the mechanism. Either way, the glucose does not get into the cells where it needs to go, and instead builds up in the blood, causing the many problems associated with diabetes, such as fatigue, increased urination, excessive thirst, and increased hunger.
Because of the nature of diabetes, among its other detrimental effects, it can have a profound impact on sexual wellness in men.
Diabetes, Sexual Wellness and Erectile Dysfunction
Because diabetes effects blood circulation and nerve sensitivity, it can have a negative impact on your sexual performance. This is unfortunate, not only because of the obvious impact on your love life, but many scientific studies have shown that a healthy and active sex life, contributes to overall vitality and wellbeing.
Unfortunately, diabetes does impact sexual function. Particularly in men, diabetes is often associated with, or the cause of erectile dysfunction, or ED. ED is often a complication of diabetes. For one thing, diabetes has long term damaging effects on blood vessels and nerves. This causes reduced blood flow, and reduced sensitivity, leading to erectile dysfunction. But that is not the only problem.
ED is also often a complication of other conditions common in men with diabetes, such as high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. While there are some well-known oral medications available to treat ED, many of these cannot be taken by men with diabetes. The good news is there are some remarkable alternative treatments for men with sexual dysfunction and diabetes.
The GAINSWave™, which we have recently introduced here at Savannah Age Management Medicine, is one such treatment. Technology similar to the GAINSwave™ has been used successfully in Europe for decades. However it is very new to the U.S. In fact, we are the only ones in the Savannah area currently offering this medically proven male enhancement treatment. Blood vessels in your penis break down over time. Diabetes can make this condition worse, or occur earlier in life. The GAINSWave™ uses high frequency acoustical waves to open up old blood vessels, and to stimulate the formation of new vessels. The resulting improved blood flow, helps any man, and not just those with ED, or diabetes, to obtain stronger and more sustainable erections.