Studies done over years have suggested that Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction (ED) are linked to each other. For example, the chances of ED is much higher in people with type 2 diabetes than without type 2 diabetes.
Until now the link was not proven to be causational. Although ED was seen a lot in people with type 2 diabetes, it was not known if type 2 diabetes caused ED. Now, a new study done at the University of Oxford says that genetic susceptibility to type 2 diabetes may be a cause of ED.
In a genome-wide association study, the data of more than 220,000 men were examined. Out of the total of 220,000 men, 6000 men suffered from ED. The researchers used genetic analysis to find the relationships between diabetes, weight, and erectile dysfunction (ED). The research confirmed that genetic predisposition to type 2 Diabetes causes ED.
The study is important because if people can reduce their risk of diabetes, they may also avoid ED. Diabetes can be avoided by living a healthy lifestyle.
Recent research has shown that losing 15 kilograms (around 33 pounds), often leads to total remission of type 2 diabetes. This may be because of weight loss rescuing insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, thus normalizing blood sugar levels.
Now it is understood that such a weight loss may also help diabetic patients with ED.
The lead author of this study was Jonas Bovijn at the Big Data Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery, University of Oxford, UK.