According to a recent study, poor sugar control can affect the sexual performance problems, in diabetic men with erectile problems. It simply means that poor sugar control will further worsen the problem of sexual performance in diabetics with erectile problems. However, this is the first study which explores the relationship between sugar control and erectile function.
This study was done on a group of 115 diabetics who regularly visited a urology centre for erectile problems. A validated questionnaire (International Index of Erectile Function) is used to check the status of erectile function. Whereas, the blood sugar control is measured through fasting serum glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) tests. After this, the relationship between severity of erectile dysfunction and serum HbA1c is assessed.
The results indicated that the severity of erectile dysfunction is associated with increasing HbA1c levels in diabetic men. Further analysis indicated that the association between poor sugar control and the severity of erectile dysfunction was confined to men who had diabetes for longer than five years.