Diabetes and Impotence

Diabetes is like a spiderweb concerting not one but more complications in the body. Starting from the blood sugar level to the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nervous system.

Recent studies have prove diabetes can even cause impotence among

men. Since diabetes can damage the the peripheral nervous system, which includes nerves from the spine to the brain and the rest of the nerves of the body. The harm done by the diabetes on the nervous system leads to impotence. Nerves serve as messengers of the body. It the main connecting point of the rest of the body to the brain.

To have high blood glucose for years harms the covering on the nerves. It is the peripheral, autonomic, and cranial nerves which is directly harmed by diabetes. Due to high glucose in the blood, less oxygen in brought to the nerves. Nerves that are damaged sends wrong messages to the other parts of the body, this includes the sexual organs.

As mentioned earlier, diabetes also affects the autonomic nerves. It is this part of the nervous system that regulates the organ function of the most. Moreover, it also modulates homeostasis and mostly not capable of voluntary control. The automatic system is usually referred in academic textbooks as the visceral system.

The major role of the autonomic system is to transmit impulses from the Central Nervous System to the peripheral organ systems. It regulates and control heart rate and force of contraction, contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle in various organs, constriction and dilatation of blood vessels, pupillary size and secretions both from exocrine and endocrine glands.

The fact that the automatic system controls the organs can be a in great risk when one has diabetes. The damage diabetes can do to the body is extensive that even impotence and erectile dysfunction is among the list. Researches have discovered a particular sugar to present in diabetics intervene with the chain of nerves commanding for the penis to maintain erection.

Diabetic erectile dysfunction is caused partially by the interruption in an enzyme starting the chain of vascular events resulting to erection. A team of researches surmise O-GlcNAc, a blood sugar that exist in hyperglycemic circumstances as the interrupting factor.

An estimate of 50-70 percent of men with diabetes suffer erectile dysfunction You have to take note that diabetic erectile dysfunction is unlike the usual case of impotence that can be treated with Viagra.

Men get an erection when there is a sexual stimulus, thus it follows– activating an enzyme called neuronal nitric oxide synthase. These enzymes cause short term release of nitric oxide at the end of the penis.

The sugar O-GlcNAc impede these events by suppressing the NOs. The consequent reduction of NOs discharged prevents the smooth muscle of the penis from relaxing. No relaxation means no production of NOs, thus no normal and prolonged hard on.

Studies show and emphasize those with diabetes suffer from reduced blood vessel function. The vascular function is very important in erectile response and the dysfunction in the blood vessels no doubt lessens the erection.

Sex is an essential part of a relationship. Though it is not the very important level for other people, being humans, still give us sexual urge. Having sex is part of our being human or being mammals so to speak. Having an erectile dysfunction can cause embarrassment for most men. However, the advancement in medicine presents options to treat it.


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