Diabetes is one of the major causes of premature illness and death in most countries. In the United States alone, 25.8 million adults and children have diabetes. This constitutes 8.3 percent of the population.
Unfortunately, it is predicted that by 2034 the number of people with diabetes will increase to 44.1 million. For this reason, it’s vital that we make an effort to combat diabetes, as well as recognize the symptoms of this disease.
However, it’s important to note that while most symptoms of diabetes are normally similar in men and woman, there are a few symptoms that are unique or more noticeable in males.
The general symptoms of diabetes for both men and woman are:
- Increased hunger or thirst
- Frequent urination
- Blurry vision
- Weight loss
The main symptom that is unique to men is:
According to our Mountain View Hospital Diabetes Director, Callene Bobo, the causes of erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes are complex. These causes typically involve impairments in nerve, blood vessel, and muscle function.
Research indicates that men with diabetes tend to develop erectile dysfunction 10 to 15 years earlier than men without diabetes. As men with diabetes age, erectile dysfunction becomes even more common. Above the age of 50, the likelihood of having difficulties with an erection occurs in approximately 50 – 60 percent of men with diabetes. Above age 70, there is about a 95 percent chance of having some difficulty with erectile function.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms and signs, see your doctor. Understanding possible diabetes symptoms can lead to early diagnosis and treatment.