Beat Diabetes-Related ED With Help From Cialis


nov13-1Between 35 and 75 percent of men with diabetes will suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) at some point during their lives. Diabetes can cause damage to the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles, especially if blood sugar is poorly controlled. When this occurs, it can be hard to get an erection.

As men with diabetes get older, ED is more likely to develop. While most men will experience ED after the age of about 60, men with diabetes tend to develop ED 10 to 15 years sooner than their non-diabetic counterparts. After age 50, diabetic men have about a 50 to 60 percent chance of suffering from ED as a result of their diabetes, and after age 70, that likelihood shoots up to about 95 percent. If you develop ED as a result of your diabetes, medications like Cialis or Viagra can help.

Talk to Your Doctor About Erectile Symptoms

While diabetes — either Type 1 or Type 2 — is a common cause of ED, it’s not the only one. There could be other factors behind your erection problems, including heart problems, depression, or even a lack of emotional intimacy in your relationship. The only way you can know for sure what’s really causing your erectile dysfunction is if you talk to your doctor. Your doctor can also tell you if it’s safe to use medications like Cialis or Viagra to treat your ED. Most men with diabetes are healthy enough to use these medications to treat ED.

Control Your Diabetes

The less control you have over your blood sugar, the more likely you are to sustain permanent damage to nerves and muscles that can lead to ED as well as a host of urinary problems like straining to urinate, frequent urgency to urinate, or a feeling that your bladder is still full after urinating. Even if you’re already experiencing some diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage), controlling your blood sugar can keep the damage from worsening. Getting control of your blood sugar will also boost your energy levels and can stabilize your moods — another bonus, since depressed mood and low energy can make it hard to get an erection.

Cut Back on Tobacco and Alcohol

If you’re a man with diabetes, drinking more than two alcoholic beverages a day can accelerate damage to your blood vessels that causes ED. Not to mention, getting even a little bit drunk doesn’t help you get an erection, especially when you’re already having problems. Tobacco is another no-no, and not because it gives you lung cancer. Smoking causes your blood vessels to constrict and hampers blood flow, which is a big obstacle to getting an erection. If you smoke, quitting might make it a lot easier to get an erection.

Say No to Stress

You might not realize how much stress can impair your ability to get sexually aroused, but it’s a real mood-killer. Even if your ED is diabetes-related, stress and anxiety can also be at play. It’s a bit of a catch-22 — stress makes it hard to get an erection, but failing to get an erection causes stress. Try to make time every day to relax doing the things you enjoy. Get plenty of exercise — not only can it kill your stress, but it can also improve blood flow throughout your body, boost your energy and, if you have Type 2 diabetes, help you control your blood sugar.

Make sure you get plenty of rest, too. Sleep deprivation can make it easy to feel overwhelmed by things that wouldn’t even faze you if you were well-rested. Losing sleep can also contribute to the fatigue and low energy that may be partially to blame for your erection problems.

Get Counseling

nov13-2In many cases, depression and anxiety contribute to ED — including depression and anxiety about the ED itself. Talking to a counselor can help you sort through some of these feelings and help you learn tools to cope with them. Counseling can be especially helpful if you’ve been struggling to cope with stress, anxiety, or depressed mood on your own without success.

If you’re having problems in your relationship — whether they seem to predate the ED or seem to have appeared after your erection problems began — consider couples therapy. Many couples find that erection problems improve dramatically when they address problems in their relationship and work on ways to improve emotional intimacy. With increased intimacy, you and your partner can begin to talk about ways to express physical affection that don’t involve intercourse. You may even find that your relationship improves as a result of ED.

ED is a common complication of diabetes, but you don’t have to let your condition put a damper on your sex life. With the help of medication to treat erectile dysfunction and lifestyle changes that can improve your health, you can continue to enjoy a full and active sex life for years to come.