High blood sugar can make it hard for your guy to get hard: Men with diabetes are significantly more likely to have erectile dysfunction that those with normal blood sugar readings, new research in the journal Diabetic Medicine concludes. That’s a problem, since diabetes cases have increased four-fold since 1980.
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After crunching the numbers from 145 studies including over 88,000 men who averaged 56 years old, the researchers determined that those with diabetes were more than three times as likely to have erectile dysfunction than healthy guys were. In fact, 59 percent of men with diabetes had ED.
What’s more, men with diabetes tended to develop their erectile dysfunction 10 to 15 years earlier than those without the condition did, according to the study.
So how can high blood sugar sink your S.O. in the bedroom?
Diabetes can damage blood vessels and nerves—both of which are needed for healthy erectile functioning, says Sean Skeldon, M.D., who has previously researched ED and diabetes, but was not involved in this study.
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Another important point: Erectile dysfunction is often considered a harbinger of heart disease. That’s because the blood vessel issues that cause ED—say, like plaque buildup—can also affect the heart, too. They just manifest first with problems in the bedroom, since the blood vessels in the penis are smaller than the ones that carry blood to the heart.
The good news, though, is that many of the risk factors for diabetes can easily be controlled—meaning your guy's penis and his heart could benefit from some prevention strategies. One easy one? Remind him to eat three servings of legumes a week. That can cut his risk of diabetes by 35 percent, as we recently reported, possibly because their fiber can help prevent blood sugar spikes.~
The article Your Risk Of Erectile Dysfunction More Than Triples If You Have This Health Condition originally appeared on Men’s Health.
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