Erectile Dysfunction: Every Man’s Nightmare or a Curable Condition

Southport Metro Medical Centre

Did you know that men with diabetes are three times more likely to have problems with sex than non-diabetic men? The most common symptom is Erectile Dysfunction (ED). Since this can feel like such a private issue, many feel too embarrassed to discuss the issue with their doctor or GP. What you need to know is that its treatable! Proven treatments are available for diabetic men with ED.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

ED is the repeated inability to sustain or achieve an erection. Regardless of a man’s age, if he is healthy, he should be able to produce an erection and enjoy sexual intercourse. It is important to note that ED is a repeated inability, those who have an occasional failure to achieve an erection do not have ED. All men experience occasional difficulties, sometimes related to stress, alcohol or illness. A lower sex drive is also not a sign of ED. Even though many men with diabetes do experience a decrease in their sex drive, it is another diagnosis and is treated separately and in a different way from ED.

How Diabetes Causes ED

Diabetes can have direct effects on nerves, blood vessels, hormones and psyche, all of which are involved in a males’ sexual response. Another common cause of ED in diabetes patients is medication. Many common diabetes medication – such as blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, appetite suppressants and even over the counter eye or nose drops – have been known to cause ED. That does not mean you should stop taking your medication! Simply discuss your symptoms with your doctor or GP, as they may be able to recommend lower dosages, alternate medication or additional treatments.

Treatments for ED

This is an easily treatable symptom for men with diabetes, but you need to discuss it with your GP. It will not just go away on its own, so don’t ignore it. It may even be a sign of a bigger issue, so beat the embarrassment and talk about your ED. There are many different, easy treatments available that they can prescribe you based on your specific diagnosis.

Preventing ED

Treating and preventing your ED is not entirely left in the hands of your doctor. You need to take care to manage your health correctly. Bad blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels as well as smoking and alcohol intake are all going to cause complications which can lead to ED. Taking proper care of your health and following your doctor’s advice to carefully manage your diabetes can help you prevent the symptoms of ED.

All of the doctors at Southport Metro Medical’s clinic have a strong commitment to general practice and continuing medical education. Whenever possible it is in your best interest to see the same doctor, who then becomes familiar with your history and can therefore give you the most appropriate advice and treatment.



What We Give Back To Society

Thank you for supporting our clinic by being part of our community and patient base. From 2015 we have been proud sponsors of and avid supporters of children in sport across many disciplines. As parents ourselves we recognise the importance of active body, active minds and promoting healthy living from a young age.

Many of the clubs, teams and individuals we have sponsored over the years have excelled to win premierships or be selected as representatives of QLD, Australia and even New Zealand.

Among the young athletes have been many that have travelled both Nationally and Internationally to a vast range of locations. We always encourage those that have travelled to countries where children are less fortunate than themselves to share the experience by providing them with care packages and sports equipment for those children.

Additionally we also support teens, adults and seniors in Netball, Rugby Union, Basketball, Hockey, Equestrian and V8 supercars.