Men with diabetes typically experience symptoms of ED 10 years earlier than those who do not have the condition.
Diabetes directly affects the ability for blood flow to be efficiently diverted where it needs to go in the body and is why symptoms such as swollen outer limbs and neuropathy plague those who suffer from it.
Diabetes affects various systems in the body and can be one of the main reasons you are suffering from ED, and it changes the mechanisms of the sexual response through the nerve, blood vessel, and soft tissue function.
One of the most harmful effects of ED is the damage it causes to the blood vessels throughout the body. When sugar levels become unregulated and elevated, this can erode the walls of the blood vessels and reduce their elasticity.
This also causes levels of fats and free radicals to become too high, which damages the lining and soft tissue of blood vessels. Stress on the blood vessels from diabetes can make it harder for the heart to divert blood where it needs to go and even reduce the ability for it to carry out its proper functions such as adequate healing and nutrient delivery.
In addition to damaging blood vessels, high glucose levels also can interrupt proper neuron function. Neurons require certain sodium and glucose concentrations to properly manage the electrical outputs and trigger the correct “cascade” of neurons firing.
In people with diabetes, the concentration of sodium and glucose becomes imbalanced, and the channels responsible for managing the electrical firing of a neuron become either stifled or completely broken. When this happens, either numbness or lack of a physical reaction results. When it comes to erectile dysfunction, this can cause the nerves responsible for triggering a sexual response and increased blood flow to become dampened or non-functioning.
Muscle and Tissue
The elevated blood sugar also can trigger an overabundance of enzymes such as aldolase and CPK. These enzymes act by breaking down muscle tissue and converting it directly to energy. Typically, these enzymes only act in critical stress situations when the body needs a short burst of energy.
In diabetics, the body’s sugar control is thrown off and results in these enzymes to be triggered more often, even when the body may not need them to be. This can result in the breakdown of muscle tissue as well the malfunctioning of specific tissues, especially the muscles and soft tissue associated with the erectile response.
To get an erection, men need healthy blood vessels, nerves, and hormone levels.
Diabetes can damage the blood vessels and nerves that control erection, and make it difficult for your body to react properly to a sexual stimulation. Therefore, even if you have normal amounts of male hormones and you have the desire to have sex, you still may not be able to achieve a firm erection due to an inability for your body to supply blood to the penis.
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