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    sexual problems in men with diabetes
    hfl2012 posted:
    I just found out my bf has diabetes apparently uncontrolled for a number of years. hes on track staying healthy but I believe he has sexual issues; weve never been intimate ( now I know why) he says he gets excited right away but then all of a sudden its gone, I dont know if it would be considered erectile dysfuntion, he also doesnt really get an erection. . I want to help him as much as I can but not sure what I should be starting with or any suggestions for bring up the topic with him. I dont think he has seen a dr for the issues yet. Thank you all
    nutrijoy responded:
    In general, elevated blood glucose levels damage nerves and blood vessels which, over time, will have an impact on sexual function. The longer a man has diabetes or the older he gets, the greater will be the chances that he will suffer from ED. Here are a few articles that will provide you with a great deal more insight into the problem including treatment options and links to other useful information:
    Erectile Dysfunction and Diabetes — WebMD
    Erectile Dysfunction Treatments for Men With Diabetes — WebMD
    Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction —
    Erectile dysfunction and diabetes — Mayo Clinic

    hfl2012 replied to nutrijoy's response:
    thank you. from whats hes told me he was feeling ill for about 7 years it all started when he went to the dr and he had a cholesterol level of 1000. he doesnt know how long he had the diabetes; he was diagnosed with it shortly after they saw his levels but he says he always new he had it..always had the symptoms the entire time but ignored it.
    bubbadave replied to hfl2012's response:
    Your man is SCARED!!! Take him by the hand and go with him to the doctor, preferably a endocrinologist then a urologist. I assume you are a younger couple. So I would suggest listen to these specialists they are trained, they understand, and they have answers.
    I have had been a diabetic for over 40 years and suffer from ED for the last 15 years. I did all of the suggestions, vacuum pump, injections, meds, eventually they all stop working. I now have a penile implant that I can keep it up for days on end.
    It's a fact, he has to get some mental help also. It's a tough thing to get under control but it can be controlled and hopefully it isn't to late for him to be able to satisfy you and himself.
    ok4me responded:
    I was diagnosed with Type 2 about 15 months ago. At the time my A1C was 11.7 and prior to finding out I had Diabetes I was also experiencing some ED but did not know that was why. Once I started getting my Gluecose levels under control I noticed a big difference and am currently not experiencing and problems in the erection department. I also feel better most of the time and that also makes a difference when it comes to feeling like even wanting sex. My last A1C was 5.7 and is continuing to improve and so is my desire. I used diet as the primary tool to get my sugar level under control. It was not easy and I could not have done it without the help of a dietician and a few Diabetes classes. Good luck and I hope you both see improvements soon.
    DoloresTeresa replied to ok4me's response:
    Besides the nerve and vessel damage from the glucose, isn't there also a problem with cholesterol clogging the blood vessels of the penis just as it does with the heart and peripheral vessels, thereby also causing ED, even when someone does not have diabetes?

    ermahampton replied to DoloresTeresa's response:
    Erectile dysfunction is developed in men with diabetes 10 to 15 years before than men without diabetes. Diabetes damages the blood vessels and the nerves which supplies the penis with enough blood flow to form an erection. Maintaing a healthy diet, controlling your blood sugar levels, and exercising regularly are some of the ways to avoid ED. To know more visit
    brunosbud responded:

    "...Ten to 20 percent of erectile dysfunction cases are reversible. These cases can be caused by psychological problems, smoking, use of alcohol or a testosterone deficiency.
    The remaining 80 to 90 percent of cases are not reversible but still treatable..."

    There's plenty of hope remaining for the two of you. But, your boyfriend must be willing to act, now. Good luck!

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