Dating a man with diabetes
Smoking can damage the blood vessels that feed the penis.
If you value your sex life and the rest of your life, for that matter -- it's time to kick the addiction.
Erections take teamwork from several parts of the body: Your brain makes you aroused, your nerves sense pleasurable feelings, and your arteries carry a flood of blood to the penis.
Unfortunately, poorly controlled diabetes can ruin that teamwork.
If these medications don't help, there are many other treatments to consider.For instance, the drug alprostadil (Muse) -- which you insert into your urethra -- can usually bring an erection in eight to 10 minutes.Another commonly used method is to self-inject with papaverine.But if diabetes has already deadened the nerves in your penis, these medications may not work for you.
There are three prescription medications approved by the FDA: sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra).By reducing your blood glucose levels, these medications slow down damage to your nerves and arteries.