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Diabetes care in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire

Diabetes and erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem amongst men who have diabetes affecting 35-75% of male diabetics. Up to 75% of men suffering from diabetes will experience some degree of erectile dysfunction (erection problems) over the course of their lifetime.

What causes erectile dysfunction amongst diabetics?

Causes of ED are extremely complex, and are based around changes that occur to the body over time affecting nerve, muscle and blood vessel functions. Many other factors bear on erectile dysfunction amongst diabetic men. These include:

  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Taking too little exercise and other lifestyle factors.

Further information is available on:

DiabetesUK NHS Choices

If you would prefer not to talk about erectile dysfunction with your GP, you can ask to see someone at a specialist sexual health clinic.  The Department of Sexual Health is at 21a Craven Road, Reading RG1 5LE.  This It combines Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) and Contraceptive Services (Family Planning).

Tel: 01183227202

The clinic is open Monday to Friday: 7am to 7pm (except bank holidays)