Diabetic sexual dysfunction

Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 1996 Jun;25(2):379-400. doi: 10.1016/s0889-8529(05)70329-7.


Although the overall incidence of erectile dysfunction in the general population between the ages of 40 and 70 years is 52%, men with diabetes mellitus have impotence at an earlier age and with a significantly higher prevalence, ranging as high as 75%. Numerous advances have been made in understanding the physiologic and biochemical mechanisms controlling penile erection. Improved clinical techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of impotence, including dynamic vascular testing, intracavernosal pharmacotherapy, and microsurgical revascularization, have allowed us to enter a new and exciting era in the quest for a more complete understanding of erectile dysfunction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / physiopathology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / diagnosis
  • Erectile Dysfunction / etiology*
  • Erectile Dysfunction / physiopathology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / therapy
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle, Smooth / physiopathology
  • Penile Erection / physiology
  • Penis / anatomy & histology
  • Penis / physiopathology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / physiopathology*