By now, we know that men with type 2 diabetes are more likely than the general population to suffer from ED.
Scientists have found that type 2 diabetes causes nerve damage and arterial damage, so they assume that it’s this that limits blood flow to the penis.
The authors of the new study weren’t actually interested in type 2 diabetes at all. They were more concerned about finding out which genes made it more likely that men would struggle with erectile dysfunction.
They identified 6,175 European men with erectile dysfunction who had previously participated in studies that recorded their genetic characteristics, and they used the genetic information of 223,805 other men for comparison.
This told them that men’s genetic risk for developing type 2 diabetes increased their risk of suffering from ED too. In other words, if you are genetically disposed to type 2 diabetes, you are at risk of Erectile function as well.
Why does this matter?
Well, this genetic approach to the question is a valuable one because it helps us to untangle the different causes of ED.
Think of it this way. People with type 2 diabetes usually have high blood pressure and high cholesterol too, but which one of those is the true cause?
It could be one of them or it could be any number of them.
The fact that people with erectile dysfunction have all three means that it’s usually hard to separate them out, but the genetic approach does give us an opportunity. It lets us separate type 2 diabetes from the two cardiovascular conditions and helps us to prove that it is type 2 diabetes alone that increases our risk of erectile dysfunction.
So, if you have type 2 diabetes and want to get your erectile dysfunction under control without resorting to drugs, it’s important to improve your diet and begin to exercise.