London - Diabetes significantly raises the risk of impotence, researchers have proven.
A major study by the universities of Exeter and Oxford has convincingly shown that type 2 diabetes is a cause of erectile dysfunction.
The researchers examined health data from more than 220 000 men – and showed that a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes is linked to erectile problems.
But they stressed that just because some people are genetically predisposed to diabetes, it is not their inevitable fate. Men who improve their lifestyle – for example, by exercising more and eating better – can avoid diabetes and have a functioning sex life.
In time, the researchers believe common diabetes drugs could be "repurposed" for treatment of impotence.