Due to the nerve and artery damage triggered by perpetually high blood sugar, diabetes can triple the likelihood that you’ll have performance problems down there—take a look at the troubling findings. One study in the Journal of International Medical Research found that 89 percent of men who had metabolic syndrome experienced erectile dysfunction. This is an early warning sign that men are likely to act on: “A man will realize something is wrong right away and seek help,” says Margaret Eckert-Norton, RN, PhD, CDE, chair of the Endocrine Society’s Advocacy and Public Outreach Core Committee and associate professor at St. Joseph’s College in New York City. She adds that there are effective treatments for both diabetes and erectile dysfunction. “Don’t hesitate to get checked out,” she says.
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