It is estimated that 50% to 80% of type 2 diabetes patients will have ED. Low testosterone is an indicator for type 2 diabetes, as well as for hypertension, cardiovascular issues, and ED. While patients don’t die directly from type 2 diabetes, they can die of related complications, such as heart attack, stroke, vascular, or kidney disease. With the increased prevalence of obesity, globally, type 2 diabetes has likewise become more prevalent. Type 2 diabetes affects the peripheral nerves and autonomic nerves for sensation, as well as decreasing blood flow in the vascular system. This can decrease blood flow in the penis, related to ED.
We realize that our Endocrinology provider colleagues must focus on managing a number of major medical issues as their priorities. Sexual health issues, ED and low testosterone, in particular, are common in patients in the care of an Endocrinology practice and can also have a major adverse impact on overall quality of life. Our Men’s Sexual Medicine practice is designed to provide individualized care to these men while you focus on managing their other medical conditions. We work with you to address the underlying medical cause for ED and low testosterone and often encourage nutrition and exercise as a major part of therapy for improved sexual health.
We are looking for two-way referrals with Endocrinologists treating male patients who have:
- Type 2 diabetes and related low testosterone as well as nerve and vascular damage.
With both nerve and vascular issues, pills to treat ED for these patients may not be an effective treatment option. The Billups Center has designed a Penile Restoration Program focused on improving erectile function in men with diabetes. We are ready to assess their sexual health and put together treatment plans that can lead to the best outcomes for them. Many times, linking diabetes care to improved erectile function can motivate men towards better adherence to medical management of chronic disease.
Rehab: consider penile restoration as part of endocrinological assessment