Did you know that the effects of diabetes go beyond the pancreas? Diabetes impacts organs like the heart and kidneys, causes painful peripheral neuropathy of the legs and feet, and can even impact the vision. Diabetes can also cause erectile dysfunction in men. Dr. Johnson uses stem cell therapy to treat the side effects of diabetes in his patients.
The Impact of Diabetes
Fifty-two percent of men with diabetes develop erectile dysfunction, giving men with diabetes a 3.62 percent greater risk of developing erectile dysfunction than their peers who do not have diabetes.
Erectile dysfunction is also more common in men with type 2 diabetes than in men with type 1 diabetes. Usually, erectile dysfunction impacts men between age 50 and 60, but men with diabetes can experience erectile dysfunction 10 to 15 years earlier.
How Diabetes Causes Erectile Dysfunction
Diabetes causes erectile dysfunction when sugar levels are uncontrolled. Uncontrolled sugar levels cause inflammation of nerves and tissues throughout the body, including the penis.
This inflammation prevents the nerves of the penis from responding to stimulation.
Diabetes causes erectile dysfunction in another way, too. It is a contributor to the development of plaque buildup in the arteries, which reduces blood flood to extremities, organs and the penis. The reduction in blood flow makes achieving and maintaining an erection difficult. It also puts a strain on the heart as it works to pump blood through the rest of the body.
How Can Stem Cell Therapy Treat Erectile Dysfunction?
Stem cell therapy can help treat erectile dysfunction because stem cells have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. When tissues and nerves are no longer inflamed, they return to normal function, and the ability to achieve and maintain an erection becomes easier.
Treating erectile dysfunction with stem cell therapy also means no scary side effects of medications — like possible dangerous four-hour erections — or allergic reactions that can happen with conventional treatments like the medications Viagra or Cialis.
There is also only a small surgery with minimal downtime after a stem cell treatment like there is with surgical procedures to place a penile implant.
Do you have questions about how stem cells can help your erectile dysfunction? Call (214) 643-8665 for more information.