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Published on : Jul 28, 2017

A recent study has affirmed the connection between diabetes and erectile dysfunction. An analysis of past data of nearly 90,000 men has found that the sexual condition is highly common among men having diabetes, affecting nearly 53%. The study has found that of the data analyzed, diabetic men were three and half times more likely as compared to men without diabetes to have issues in maintaining an erection. The report was published in Diabetic Medicine.

As erectile dysfunction can be a symptom of the mostly silent cardiovascular conditions that also commonly go along with diabetes, doctors should consider complaints regarding the sexual disorder as a sign to screen patients for both heart conditions as well as diabetes, the study states.

Since 1980, the global number of diabetic people has increased from 108 mn to 422 mn, the team states, and the prevalence of the disease among adults has soared from 4.7% to 8.5% over the period. Although erectile dysfunction is mostly common in men over the age of 40, it can also occur at any age alongside heart conditions and diabetes.

The researchers have investigated 145 studies including 88,577 men to analyze how common the sexual condition is with people having diabetes. Most of the studies were undertaken in Europe and Asia. Half of the studies focused only on men with type 2 diabetes, which is more common and is often associated with obesity, unhealthy diets, stress, and age. The research study found that 66.3% of the case studies analyzed with type 2 diabetes and 37.5% of men with type 1 diabetes had erectile dysfunction.