Erectile Dysfunction, Diabetes And Black Men
(BlackDoctor.org) — Erectile dysfunction, also called impotence, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection of sufficient rigidity for sexual intercourse. Diabetes is chronic disorder, caused by insufficient production of insulin, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Did you know that these two conditions have a direct relationship with each other? Erectile dysfunction is a common complication of diabetes.
How does diabetes affect normal sexual functions in men?
According to the MayoClinc, diabetes can cause neuropathy or damage to nerves throughout your body, including the penis. Damaged nerves can’t communicate properly. So even though you might be emotionally stimulated to have intercourse, nerve damage means that information isn’t relayed to the penis, and it doesn’t respond.
In addition, poor blood sugar control can inhibit nitric oxide production. Lack of nitric oxide can prevent the pressure of blood in the corpora cavernosa from rising enough to close off penile veins, allowing blood to flow out of the penis instead of remaining trapped for an erection.
Blood vessels can also become narrowed or hardened (atherosclerosis) by conditions that often accompany diabetes, such as cardiovascular disease. When atherosclerosis occurs in arteries that supply the penis or pelvic area, sexual function may be disrupted.
What can I do about it?