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Erectile dysfunction affects more than half of men with diabetes (2017-08-02)

Erectile dysfunction may be common among men with diabetes: a new analysis of past research finds the sexual disorder is extremely common among men with diabetes, afflicting some 53 percent.

Erectile dysfunction also developed about 10 to 15 years earlier in men with diabetes compared to men without the disease.

Diabetes is estimated to reach 322 million cases worldwide by 2025, and erectile dysfunction is cited as the third most frequent complication of diabetes.

The study of data on 88 577 men found those with diabetes are three and a half times more likely than men without the disease to have difficulty maintaining an erection, according to the report in Diabetic Medicine.

Researchers aimed to assess the relative prevalence of erectile dysfunction in diabetes searching major databases from inception to November 2016 for studies reporting erectile dysfunction in men with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Scientists conducted a meta-analysis of the prevalence of erectile dysfunction in diabetes compared with healthy controls, calculating the relative odds ratios (ORs) and 95% CIs.
A random effect model was applied.

From 3747 initial hits, 145 studies were included representing 88 577 men (age: 55.8 7.9 years).

The prevalence of erectile dysfunction in diabetes overall was 52.5% after adjusting for publication bias, and 37.5%, 66.3% and 57.7% in Type 1, Type 2 and both types of diabetes, respectively.

The prevalence of erectile dysfunction was highest in studies using the Sexual Health Inventory for Men.

Studies with a higher percentage of people with hypertension moderated the results.

Compared to healthy controls (n = 5385) men with diabetes (n = 863) were at increased odds of having erectile dysfunction.

See also
Associations between erectile dysfunction and undiagnosed hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and diabetes mellitus (2015-10-06)

Diabetes and women's sexuality (30/07/2012)

For more information
High prevalence of erectile dysfunction in diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 145 studies