Erectile Dysfunction Afflicts More Than Half of Men With Diabetes


More than half of men with diabetes have erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a new meta-analysis of international studies.

Men with diabetes should be screened for erectile dysfunction and vice versa. They tend to develop erectile dysfunction 10 to 15 years earlier than those without diabetes. Screening for ED should be part of the routine assessment of cardiovascular risk in men with diabetes, given underlying vasculopathy and increasing evidence of a direct link with cardiovascular disease.

Although hypertension and age older than 60 years were the only factors associated with diabetes-related ED in this study, longer diabetes duration, poor glycemic control, hyperlipidemia, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and the presence of other diabetic complications have been noted in previous research. Patients should receive appropriate interventions related to these particular conditions.

Considering the association between depressive symptoms and erectile dysfunction, especially in diabetic patients, management should be multidisciplinary. In addition to the skills and expertise of the metabolic diseases specialist and traditional pharmacological therapy, psychosexual counselling and specialist andrologist/urologist advice is necessary.


Kouidrat Y, Pizzol D, Cosco T, et al. High prevalence of erectile dysfunction in diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 145 studies. Diabetic Medicine. doi: 10.1111/dme.13403