Diabetes Health in The News: Study Suggested Men with Diabetes Need Regular Erectile Dysfunction Testing


A team of experts from Maritime Hospital in Berck, France, under the leadership of Dr. Youssef Kouidrat have highlighted the connection between erectile dysfunction and type 2 diabetes. The team’s study shows that half of diabetic men of both types have dealt with erectile dysfunction, while 65% of those who have type 2 diabetes are even more likely to have experienced this issue.

The study supported the idea that erectile dysfunction could serve as an early indication of diabetes. Those who have erectile dysfunction should be screened for diabetes, while those men who have diabetes should also be screened for erectile dysfunction. However, the researchers did note that other studies have not necessarily agreed with the numbers their study showed. Some prior studies reported that about 35% of diabetic men suffered from erectile dysfunction, while some other studies suggested that upwards of 80% of men had this sexual condition. The wide range in numbers may be based on factors such as age, type of diabetes, length of time with diabetes, and how truthful participants were in studies that collected only information via survey.

These findings were published in Diabetic Medicine on July 18, 2017.

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