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Friday, 14 November 2014

58% of male diabetics in city suffer from erectile dysfunction: Study.......

HYDERABAD: About 58% of male diabetic patients in the city suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED), a problem potent enough to destroy marital life, said a new study released on Wednesday. 

The incidence of ED was found to be very high for those above 40 years. Experts have found that poor diabetes control (among males) usually lead to reduction in the testosterone level, which is the male hormone responsible for sex drive. 

Strangely the study said that the majority of diabetic males with ED are living in denial. But they eventually opened up when a level of trust was established, said the Lifespan study, titled 'Diabetes Myths & Truths Highlighter - 2014', which carried out studies with hundreds of male and female diabetic patients over a three-month period. 
According to International Diabetes Federation, India is home to 65.1 million diabetics, second only to China's 98.4 million. 

While acknowledging ED as a common problem among diabetics, Dr Raman Boddula, senior endocrinologist at Yashoda hospital, claimed that the figure could be much higher as the majority of those experiencing the problem remained under the impression that it could not be linked with diabetes or shy away from discussing it with their physicians, treating it as a private matter. 

"Diabetes affect the autonomic nervous system, especially the parasympathetic and sympathetic nerves, which control erectile function. Though ED is known to affect 15-20% of the general male population, its incidence is particularly very high among male diabetics, especially those suffering with diabetes for 10 years. Unfortunately, patients keep their doctors in the dark," Boddula said, adding that quite a few diabetics with ED had eventually suffered divorces. 

In fact, Dr Shyam Kalavalapalli, head of department for endocrinology and diabetes in KIMS, who termed ED as an underreported problem among diabetics, added that even diabetic women are prone to experiencing vaginal dryness, as a side-effect of diabetes. 

Kalavalapalli, also a member of Hyderabad Endocrinology Society, warned diabetics to stay away from fake 'diabetelogists' lest they suffer complications like diabetic retinopathy, diabetic nephropathy and diabetic neuropathy. 

Meanwhile, another survey which interlinked diabetes and hypertension was carried out by Continental hospitals and a few pharma giants on 1,900 patients across Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada. The study revealed that type 2 diabetes and hypertension are fast emerging as twin epidemics in Telangana and AP.