Medical researchers have claimed that men who experience erectile dysfunction might face twice the risk of Type 2 Diabetes compared to men without such sexual incapability.
Dr. Sean Skeldon of University of Toronto said that this effect was more significant among middle-aged men between 40 to 59 years old. He said that the probability of having undiagnosed diabetes increased from one in 50 in men without erectile dysfunction, to one in 10 in men with erectile dysfunction, the Health reported. However, the study only found one link between impotence and Type 2 Diabetes, which didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship between the health issues.
Skeldon's team collected data on more than 4,500 men 20 and older who took part in Nutrition Examination Survey from 2001 to 2004, and investigated the association of impotence with undiagnosed Type 2 Diabetes in that group. The investigators didn't find any link between keeping an erection and undiagnosed high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
Skeldon said that men with erectile dysfunction should see their doctors to ensure they were properly screened for diabetes, as it would help prevent heart disease down the road. Dr. Joel Zonszein of Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, said that these findings indicated that men with erectile dysfunction may have had undiagnosed diabetes for an extended time.
The story is published in Annals of Family Medicine