Erectile Dysfunction Treatment for Diabetic Men!

Erectile Dysfunction treatment, is now available in various forms for men that have diabetes.

As we know, erectile dysfunction or ED is a common problem among men with diabetes as well as those that do not have the disease.

Fortunately, there are treatment options that they can choose from that can help with their problem.

Erectile dysfunction treatment through lifestyle changes

For most men, making a few healthy lifestyle changes can improve or reverse their condition. Some of these lifestyle changes may include:

  • Weight loss.
  • Quiting smoking.
  • An increase in physical activities.
  • A reduction in drugs that might have serious side effects like the ones used in the treatment of high blood pressure (talk with your physician).

When it comes to treating erectile dysfunctions (may be an indication of a serious medical condition), your physician may prescribe drugs that can be taken orally, injected directly into the penis, or one that has to be inserted directly into the urethra of the penis.

However before he or she prescribe any form of drug medications for your erection problems, they may recommend that you make the above mentioned lifestyle changes first.

These changes may or may not help with your erectile dysfunction treatment but it is worth a try before you introduce any more drugs along with your current diabetes treatment.

They will let you know, that besides being a diabetic individual, cutting back on your alcohol consumption, tobacco intake (smoking), and/or illegal drug use can alleviate your erectile dysfunctional problems.

Your physician/s may have to cut back on some of your diabetes drug medications because it is a known fact that some of these drug treatment can be the cause of your ED problems.

Drugs used for erectile dysfunction treatment

There are three commonly known drug treatments that have been approved by the FDA for use in ED treatment or erectile dysfunction treatment. These include:

These medications all work by allowing more blood flow into the shaft of the penis so that when sexual stimulation is induced, a man will achieve an erection. Subsequently men who are taking medications that are used in the treatment of high blood pressure and chest pain should not use any of these drugs prescribed for erectile dysfunction treatment.

These include medications such as:

  • Alpha-Blockers (high blood pressure treatment)
  • Nitroglycerin or Nitrate (angina chest pains treatment)

These precautions also extend to those men that have kidney or liver disease or any form of eye disease such as retinitis pigmentosa. The reason for this is that when high blood pressure medications, chest pain medications and erectile dysfunction treatment are combined, they form a very dangerous mix which can cause the blood pressure of a man to drop extremely low. This can lead to more severe health complications or even death.

Other forms of erectile dysfunction treatments

Another form of ED treatment that is also available to men, is the use of a vacuum pump, also called a penis pump. This device will allow blood flow into the shaft of the penis by creating a negative pressure around it. Once an erection is achieved, a rubber ring is then slipped around the shaft of the penis so as to maintain or sustain the erection.

However this ring must be removed after about thirty minutes so that proper circulation can be returned to the penis. This is a precautionary measure that will help prevent or limit any possible tissue damage to the penis.

There is also a special type of exercise known as the Kegel exercise that can also aid men that have erectile dysfunctions which are sometimes brought on as a result of damaged or leaking veins.

These exercises are often used by women who have urinary incontinency. These exercises are done by contracting and relaxing the muscle of the pelvic region. By strengthening the muscle of the pelvic region, men with diabetes as well as those without the disease, may be able to achieve an erection without any form of surgery.

Vascular surgery which is used to open arteries that leads to the penis can be beneficial, providing you have certain blood vessel damage. However this type of surgery is not a main form of ED treatment. There are some men who choose or prefer to have a penile implant procedure done.

This type of erectile dysfunction treatment involves having a certain type of inflatable device implanted underneath the skin which is operated or inflated by a pump, located in the scrotum.

Men that have diabetes as well as those that don't, should consult with their doctors about the potential dangers of taking any type of medications as potential treatments for erectile dysfunctions.

Although the three FDA approved ED treatments worked by a similar mechanism to cause or achieve an erection, they have some subtle differences. For instance, Levitra will work or last a lot longer than Viagra. However they both begin to take effect thirty minutes after being ingested. Levitra will last up to five hours where as viagra will last only four hours.

Cialis, a new type of erectile dysfunction treatment, seems to be the king of them all.

This new treatment last up to 36 hours and it starts to take effect within 15 minutes. While these drug treatments can help most men with there ED problems, it is recommended that you learn all possible side effects that these drugs can cause before taking them. Although the side effects are not that common, keep in mind that they can occur and in some cases do.

Potential side effects of erectile dysfunction treatment

  • Headaches
  • Flushing (warm feeling)
  • Nasal congestion
  • Vision problems (such as NAION)
  • Upset stomach or heartburn
  • Back pain (normally happens with cialis)

Some of these symptoms might seem minor, but with an ED treatment some of these symptoms can become medical emergencies, especially if you have diabetes. For instance men can develop:

  • Rashes
  • Painful erections
  • Prolonged erections (lasting more than 4 hours)
  • Possible chest pains
  • Burning or itching during urination

When it comes maintaining an erection with their partners, some men will go to the extreme. Even if it means risking their health or life. Therefore if you are taking any of the FDA approved drugs as your erectile dysfunction treatment, and you begin to experience any of the listed side effects, then you should call your doctor/s and seek proper medical attention immediately.

Remember, an occasional problem of achieving an erection is no need to be concerned but if you are experiencing erection problems more than 50% of the time at any age, this may be a sign of a more serious medical condition. Therefore you should seek medical attention right away. This will be an important start to getting proper erectile dysfunction treatment.

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