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The Link Between Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction

The Link Between Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction

Diabetes and erectile dysfunction (ED) are two conditions that significantly affect the lives of many men. But did you know that these two health issues are often connected? 

Understanding this link can be the key to effective management and treatment, especially for those struggling to maintain a fulfilling sex life despite their chronic health challenges.

At Urology Associates Medical Group in Burbank, California, our board-certified providers specialize in addressing the complex needs of men with diabetes who are experiencing erectile dysfunction. Using a comprehensive approach, we're dedicated to helping you regain confidence in and control of your sexual health.

Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been managing diabetes for years, take a moment to learn how this condition contributes to ED and the effective treatments available. 

How does diabetes contribute to ED?

Diabetes primarily affects your body’s ability to use insulin effectively, leading to elevated glucose levels in your blood. 

Over time, this can trigger significant damage to your blood vessels and nerves, including those that play a key role in achieving and maintaining an erection.

Men with diabetes are three times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction compared with those without this metabolic condition. 

Several factors contribute to this increased risk:

Vascular damage

High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the penis, which is essential for an erection.


Diabetes often leads to nerve damage, which can decrease sensation in the penis, making it harder to achieve an erection.

Related health issues

Conditions associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, also increase your chances of getting ED or making symptoms worse.

Medication side effects

Some drugs used to treat diabetes and its complications might interfere with sexual function.

Managing both diabetes and its complications is necessary for preventing and treating erectile dysfunction.

What are the treatment options for ED in diabetic men?

At Urology Associates Medical Group, we recognize the sensitive nature of sexual health and provide a discreet, supportive environment for our patients. Treatment for ED in men with diabetes involves a comprehensive approach that addresses both conditions.

Our treatment process begins with a thorough evaluation, which may include:

Based on the assessment, we offer several ED treatment options personalized to your specific needs:

Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes effectively is a crucial part of treating ED. We work closely with our patients to ensure that their blood sugar levels are well-controlled, which can significantly improve ED symptoms.


We may prescribe pills or injections that help increase blood flow to your penis, making it easier to get and maintain an erection.

Lifestyle modifications

Your penis doesn’t operate in isolation — it’s part of a holistic system that includes your mind, body, and more. 

As such, we may advise you on diet, exercise, psychotherapy, smoking cessation, and other lifestyle factors to improve overall wellness, helping to reduce your ED symptoms.

Advanced therapies

We may recommend advanced therapies, such as vacuum pumps or penile implants, in cases where other treatments have not been effective.

If you're dealing with the double challenge of diabetes and erectile dysfunction, you don't have to face it alone. Schedule an appointment at Urology Associates Medical Group in Burbank, California, for personalized help.

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