Erectile Dysfunction

Men With Diabetes Have Higher Risk for Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs in more than half of men with diabetes, according to a recent meta-analysis.

Previous research has suggested that ED may be common among men with diabetes. However, its prevalence was controversial.

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In their analysis, the researchers evaluated 88,577 men from 145 studies with a mean age of 55.8 years. Men with type 1 or type 2 diabetes (n = 863) were compared with healthy controls (n = 5385). Patient data from 1980 to November 1, 2016, was obtained from PubMed, EMBASE, and SCOPUS databases.

Results indicated that overall, ED was present in 52.5% of men with diabetes after adjusting for publication bias. Prevalence of ED was 37.5% among men with type 1 diabetes, 66.3% among those with type 2 diabetes, and 57.7% among those with both types of diabetes.

Ultimately, the researchers found that men with diabetes face a higher risk of ED compared with healthy controls. The prevalence of ED was highest in studies that used the Sexual Health Inventory for Men. Additionally, the results of the meta-analysis were moderated by studies with a higher prevalence of hypertension among participants.

“Erectile dysfunction is common in diabetes, affecting more than half of men with the condition and with a prevalence odds of approximately 3.5 times more than controls,” the researchers concluded. “Our findings suggest that screening and appropriate intervention for men with erectile dysfunction is warranted.”

—Christina Vogt


Kouidrat Y, Pizzol D, Cosco T, et al. High prevalence of erectile dysfunction in diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 145 studies. Diabetic Med. doi:10.1111/dme.13403.