November 16, 2009
ED, the "Extra-Troublemaker"
ED affects a man's ability to get and keep an erection. For healthy sexual activity, men need healthy blood vessels, nerves and male hormones. Diabetes can damage the blood vessels and nerves that control erection. So even if you have a strong desire for sex, you still might not be able to keep a firm erection.
In some cases, it's ED that leads a person to seek medical help, and that's when diabetes is diagnosed. Unfortunately, men with diabetes tend to develop ED 10 to 15 years earlier than men without diabetes. As men with diabetes age, the condition becomes even more common. At age 50, the likelihood of having difficulties achieving an erection occurs in 50 to 60 percent of men with diabetes. And at age 70, nine out of 10 men will experience some difficulty.
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