New Delhi: Diabetes is emerging as a leading cause of erectile dysfunction among Indian men. A recent study says that nearly half of Indian men above the age of 40 years suffering from the condition are diabetic.The study conducted by Alpha One Andrology Group - an association of doctors dealing in sex-related problems in men - took into account nearly 2,500 Indian men suffering from erectile dysfunction."The analysis revealed that 48 percent of men suffering from erectile dysfunction above the age of 40 are diabetic. Diabetes and erectile dysfunction go hand in hand and the results are alarming as over 50 million Indians are diabetic," Anup Dhir, reconstruction surgeon and andrologist, said.According to doctors, India is the diabetes capital of the world and correspondingly exhibits a high incidence of erectile dysfunction but they are not reported due to stigma attached to it."The causes of erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes are complex and involve impairments in nerve, blood vessel, and muscle function. Diabetes can damage the blood vessels and nerves that control erection," said Dhir.Men who have diabetes are thought to develop erectile dysfunction nearly 10 to 15 years earlier than men who do not suffer from the disease.
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