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Diabetic Impotence

Can It Be Prevented?

You can lower your risk of diabetic impotence by keeping your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol close to the target numbers your doctor recommends. Being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight can also help prevent long-term complications of diabetes.
 
Smoking is a particular problem -- quitting will improve your health in many ways. If you quit smoking, you can lower your risk not only for nerve damage, but also for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease.
 

Statistics on Diabetic Impotence

Diabetic impotence is estimated to affect 20 percent to 85 percent of men with diabetes. A recent study of a clinic population revealed that 5 percent of the men with impotence also had undiagnosed diabetes.
 
Men who have diabetes are three times more likely to experience impotence as men who do not have diabetes. Among men with impotence, those with diabetes are likely to have experienced the problem as much as 10 to 15 years earlier than men without diabetes.
 
(Click Diabetes and Sex to learn more about possible sexual problems men and women with diabetes may experience.)
 
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