The purpose of this report is to examine the prevalence of erectile dysfunction and relationships to other characteristics in men with younger-onset diabetes.
In a population-based cohort study in southern Wisconsin, prevalence of erectile dysfunction was measured based on self reports in men who were 21 years of age or older, were <30 years of age at diagnosis of diabetes, had 10 or more years of diabetes, and were taking insulin (n = 365).
Of the study group, 20% reported a history of erectile dysfunction. The prevalence of erectile dysfunction increased with increasing age (from 1.1% in those 21–30 years of age to 47.1% in those 43 years of age or older, P for trend < 0.0001) and with increasing duration of diabetes (P for trend < 0.0001). Erectile dysfunction was associated with presence of severe diabetic retinopathy, a history of peripheral neuropathy, amputation, cardiovascular disease, a higher glycosylated hemoglobin, use of antihypertensive medications, and higher BMI.
These data suggest that tighter glycemic control and careful selection of antihypertensive medications might prove beneficial.