Diabetes and ED

Men with diabetes who have erectile dysfunction (ED) need more invasive treatment for ED than non-diabetic men with ED, according to a study presented at the American Urological Association’s annual scientific meeting in May.

Researchers reviewed claims data identifying 136,306 men with ED. Of those, 19,236 men had been diagnosed with diabetes before they developed ED. 

Men with diabetes were over 50% more likely to be prescribed second-line ED treatments such as intracavernosal injections and were also more than twice as likely to undergo penile prosthesis surgery than men without diabetes. 

The researchers concluded ED in men with diabetes “may be less responsive to primary treatments (oral agents), more rapidly progressive, or both” and thus may require more aggressive treatments. 

Abstract 1329. Presented 16 May 2011