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Longer the duration of diabetes, more risk of erectile dysfunction: study

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The longer the duration of in men, the greater was the risk of them suffering erectile dysfunction, a new observational study conducted over a period of two years, has claimed.

Co-authored by doctors of the Sir (SGRH) here, it was recently published in Current Research & Practice journal.

"The study was done on 225 diabetic males between the age of 18-65 with type 2 diabetes, and 50 non-diabetic males in the same age group," the SGRH said in a statement.

According to Atul Gogia, senior consultant, SGRH's Department of Medicine, and one of the authors, said, "One of the interesting findings of our study was that longer the duration of diabetes, more was the risk of them suffering (ED)."

Among patients studied, those with duration of less than five years, 43.6 per cent had ED with only 3.6 per cent having severe ED, he said.

"Those having it with a duration of 6-10 years, 83 per cent had ED with 10.9 per cent having severe ED. In patients with duration of more than 10 years, 78.6 per cent had ED with 16.4 per cent having severe ED," Gogia said.

Prevalence of ED in non-diabetic control group of 50 individuals was found to be 46 per cent, the study said, which was conducted from April 2015 to June 2017.

According to Atul Kakar, and vice-chairperson, Department of Medicine, SGRH, "ED in men is commonly seen complication in type 2 "

"It is described as the condition due to which there is incompetence to accomplish and sustain which is needed to have satisfactory sexual intercourse. ED has high prevalence in diabetics and occurs in early ages of diabetic population as compared to non-diabetics," he said.

The severity of ED among male diabetics, was assessed based on sexual health inventory for men (SHIM) questionnaire.

The SHIM questionnaire uses five sexual function components which include erection, orgasm, desire for sex , intercourse satisfaction and overall satisfaction, according to Manu Gupta, another of the study and senior consultant, at the SGRH.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 20:45 IST