Diabetes Secret #5

Insulin, Erectile Dysfunction and Impotence

Let's take a look at the factors that make a full and normal erection possible:

1. It's important to note that an erection is a primarily a circulatory event. In order to achieve a firm erection you'll need to have a full flow of blood into your genital area.

2. The lining of your blood vessels must be able to secrete nitric oxide, a biochemical that is essential to opening up the blood vessels so blood can flow freely.

3. You'll need a normal or near normal blood pressure level. If your blood pressure is too high or too low your erections will suffer.

4. Your testosterone level must be normal also. Though testosterone is primarily linked to the desire for sex (libido), it also has a role to play in making erections possible.

5. Your blood vessels must not be blocked by atherosclerotic plaque. If you have any degree of heart disease it will be very difficult for you to achieve or maintain an erection. Once again, blood has to flow freely.

6. The nerves in your penis must be in good shape. Any loss of nerve sensitivity will result in weaker erections.

7. The level of inflammation in your body must be within normal bounds. Inflammation can make it very difficult to experience an erection. The C Reactive Protein blood test can help you determine how inflamed your body is at any time.

8. Your prolactin level must be under control also. Prolactin is a hormone that promotes the production of milk from a new mother's breast. The role of prolactin in the male body is largely unknown. But if the level is too high your interest in sex will vanish.

Here Again the Central Problem is Having
Too Much Insulin in Your System.

Now let's take a look how having too much insulin circulating in your bloodstream can cause erectile dysfunction or even total impotence:

1. Heart Disease: Diabetics tend to die 10-19 years prematurely of either a heart attack or a stroke. This is because diabetics are at a much higher risk of heart disease. If you have some blockage of your blood vessels, you can expect to have serious problems achieving an erection.

2. Reduced Nitric Oxide Production: Excess insulin damages the endothelial cells that line your arteries and veins. In order for you to achieve a normal erection you'll need these cells to secrete nitric oxide, which helps your blood vessels to relax and allow an increased flow of blood. Unfortunately excess insulin damages these cells and reduces their nitric oxide output.

3. Reduced Testosterone: Simply stated, the higher the insulin level, the lower the testosterone level. There's a hormone known as GnRH - Gonado Tropin Releasing Hormone which triggers a hormonal cascade that results in the production of testosterone. Sadly, excess insulin inhibits the hormone's impact which reduces your testosterone level. This will destroy your desire for sex and your along with it your ability to achieve a firm and full erection.

4. Increased Inflammation: A elevated insulin level will increase the level of tissue inflammation throughout the entire body. The latest studies are finding that inflammation plays an important role in many different diseases. In the case of diabetics, having a high insulin levels can damage or destroy the nerves in the penis reducing sensitivity and make erections much more difficult.

In a study from China it was found that men who has inflammatory gum disease were twice as likely to have erectile dysfunction. Ask your doctor to do a C Reactive Protein blood test to see how badly your body is inflamed.

5. Elevated Prolactin: Somewhere around ten percent of Americans have a small tumor on their pituitary gland that causes the level of prolactin to increase. If you're having serious vision problems, this tumor may be the problem. But even if you don't if your prolactin level is too high you'll lose your interest in sex. If you notice that you don't seem as fascinated by sex as you used to be - don't assume that it's just a part of aging - get your blood prolactin level checked. If it's high there's a effective treatment drug called cabergoline. (On the Internet cabergoline is sold as an aphrodisiac.)

So as you can see the erection process is a fragile one that can be easily disrupted. It's also obvious that having a high blood insulin level (which all diabetics have) can quite easily rob you of the pleasures of an active and satisfying sex life.


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