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Sexual Problems In Diabetic Men
Oct 2014
Dr N Subramanian
Sr Consultant Urologist & Andrologist, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi

Sexual dysfunction in men can be broadly categorised into erectile dysfunction (ED), ejaculatory dysfunction and impaired libido or sexual desire. Inability to achieve a satisfactory erection (hardness) for satisfactory penetrative sex can happen once in a while in many men. However, if it occurs frequently (once in four or five attempts), the condition is called ED, previously referred to as impotence.

ED is known to be more common with increasing age and is seen more frequently in those with diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, lipid disorders (high cholesterol), heart disease and smokers. Some medicines can also increase the risk of ED.

ED In Diabetes
Considering the high prevalence of diabetes in our country, it is useful to understand this problem. 50-60 per cent of men over the age of 60 will have ED, which affects the diabetics 10-15 years before it affects non-diabetics. It is important to note that many of the diabetics also suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease.