Diabetes is commonly associated with problems achieving or maintaining an erection. According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, anywhere from 25% to 75% of men with diabetes experience erectile dysfunction.
That’s the case for a man who has come to WebMD’s Erectile Dysfunction Community, seeking advice on how to get back the kind of sex life he once had before developing diabetes.
More than one community member lets him know that he is not alone. They discuss their experiences with pills, penile pumps, shots, and hormone treatments -- everyone has a different story to tell. One man notes that if a man decides to pursue getting a penile implant, as the new member says he’s considering, he should look for a urologist that does around 100 such procedures a year or more.
Another man points out that in some cases, type II diabetes can be remedied with an aggressive approach to changing lifestyle habits. “Getting weight down, getting off the alcohol, and doing a good exercise regime, this should get you out of diabetes type II,” he suggests. “It is a long-term thing and a whole new lifestyle, but your wife will love you for that, trust me.”