ED or erectile dysfunction is a type of condition that happens to a man in which he will have some degree of difficulty obtaining and/or maintaining a penile erection that is rigid enough to be able to perform satisfactorily during sexual intercourse. ED actually exists in approximately more than 15 million men in the United States alone! Did you know that about 50% of men have both diabetes and ED? ED is actually considered to be something that develops about 10 to 15 years earlier in males diagnosed with diabetes versus males who do not have any form of diabetic condition.
The occurrence of ED, if you already have it, unfortunately increases with one’s duration, age and level of severity of the diabetes, if they also have it. In many countries, it is very common to consider that it is almost always extremely difficult for men to talk about erectile dysfunction. Men who are thought to be suffering from any degree of ED must be informed about the seriousness of the matter, so that they can tell any other health problems they may have to their physician. Additionally, physicians should not hold themselves back from asking their male patients openly, especially if they are diabetic patients, since diabetes and ED can be a dangerous duo if left unchecked and uncared for.
For male patients who are diagnosed with type II diabetes and ED, they should know that studies conducted in the past have concluded that erectile dysfunction is an underlying indicator of an impending development of coronary heart disease. This simply means that men who suffer from both diabetes and ED have an increased risk of about 55% of developing a heart attack that can be extremely debilitating or even fatal to the patient. Diabetes and ED are two important warning signs of a possible occurrence of adverse heart ailments or even death in the future. Both diabetes and ED remain as independent factors in predicting a male person that he may suffer a heart problem in the future. Thus, the presence of both diabetes and ED in a single male patient should alert both the physician and the patient about the risk of developing heart issues like coronary heart disease in the future.
Other risk factors for diabetes and ED that can be modified by both the patient and doctor such as high blood pressure, poor blood glucose control, smoking, obesity, and high cholesterol levels, should be monitored and addressed in a firmly aggressive manner. Moreover, factors such as normal to tolerable blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol levels, and physical weight must be achieved through lifestyle modifications, and if necessary, with the use of appropriate and safe medication.
Optimistically, through better education and awareness imparted by the doctor to the patient with diabetes and ED, those with ED will have their heart-related issues and other health problems evaluated. In case of abnormalities being identified at an early stage, then these will be treated immediately and correctly in order to prevent future heart ailments and other health problems. Given that coronary heart disease is actually a preventable condition, the symptoms of diabetes and ED should be actively addressed in order to identify men who are at high risk for developing unfortunate cardiovascular-related events.