Diabetes can damage the blood vessels and nerves of the penis. This damage can lead to
erectile dysfunction (ED). This is when a man can't get or keep an erection. Diabetes
also increases the risk for low testosterone and depression. Both of these can help lead
to ED. In addition, ED may be a side effect of certain medicines used to treat high
blood pressure and heartburn caused by gastroparesis. This is a diabetes-related stomach
condition. Men with diabetes are 2 to 3 times more likely to have ED. And they often
have the problem at a younger age.
ED is linked to nerve and blood vessel damage caused by diabetes, there are certain
treatment choices. These include pills, medicine injected or inserted into the penis, a
vacuum tube and pump, or surgery to implant a device inside the penis. Surgery can also
be done to fix blood vessels in the area. Have your healthcare provider look at the list
of medicines you take. He or she may decide that you can stop taking certain medicines
to improve erectile function.