Endocrinology-Diabetes Questions Erectile Dysfunction

Can diabetes cause erectile dysfunction?

My husband has been diagnosed with diabetes about 2 years ago. He has been on medication. Lately his sex drive has decreased significantly. He also had erectile dysfunction a couple of times. Could it be because of diabetes?

4 Answers

Yes, it could. Decrease in libido (desire) & ED (erectile dysfunction) is very common in diabetes and can be due to many factors. Poor diabetes control can affect male hormone secretion, lessening desire. High blood sugar can damage the nerves to the penis that control erections.
Erectile dysfunction is more common in diabetes. However, sex drive reduction may be a symptom related to decreased testosterone levels.
Yes, poor diet, lack of exercise and weight issues that coexist with diabetes and many chronic disease can lead to ED. Speak to your endocrinologist.