It is common for men to experience periodic erectile dysfunction (ED) In many, it can be a cause of embarrassment and concern. But for some men with diabetes, ED is a fact of daily life. The cause can be related to diabetic neuropathy, a nerve disorder that can disrupt the neural pathways responsible for creating and sustaining an erection. There can be are other reason causing ED in men with diabetes. ED may also be accompanied by impotence. Though they are related, they are not the same thing.

  • ED—Inability to get or maintain an erection for sexual intercourse because of inadequate blood flow to the penis.
  • Impotence—Inability to get aroused and/or achieve an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.