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Is Impotence Linked with Type 2 Diabetes?

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HWC Team
August12/ 2015


A new study suggested that men who experience impotence are at increased risk of developing undiagnosed type 2 diabetes by two-fold when compared to men without such sexual problems.

A researcher at the University of Toronto in Canada, Dr. Sean Skeldon, stated that this condition can be seen more in middle-aged men of 40 to 59 years old. He added that the chance of developing undiagnosed diabetes increased from 1 among 50 in men who is not suffering from erectile dysfunction to 1 among 10 men of those with erectile dysfunction.

However, the study only found a link between type-2 diabetes and impotence but there is no evidence for a cause and effect relationship between the health concerns. The study has overseen over 4,500 men of 20 or older. The research has taken a look on the association of erectile dysfunction with undiagnosed high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type-2 diabetes.

It is important to note that the investigators did not find any link between achieving erection and undiagnosed high blood pressure or high cholesterol. But, they found that the condition is seen in 11.5 percent in men with impotence when compared to around 3 percent among men without the disorder.

Skeldon stated that erectile dysfunction increases the risk of heart disease. Unlike high blood pressure or high cholesterol or diabetes, impotence is something that does not show any symptoms but is recognized as a problem later.

Skeldon recommended that men with erectile dysfunction should consult doctors to make sure they are properly diagnosed for diabetes. Proper screening can help prevent the risk of heart disease, he added.

HWC Team

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