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Peyronie's Disease & Diabetes

Men suffering from both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes have a far greater risk of Peyronie's disease (PD) than the national average of 9% of adult males. They are also more vulnerable to Erectile Dysfunction (ED).  That's why so many visitors to our clinic are men with diabetes looking for help with their PD and ED problems.





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Unveiling the Intersection of Diabetes and Peyronie's Disease

Some studies have shown that diabetics with PD will suffer a higher degree of curvature or deformity in their penis, which in some cases will mean their ability to have sex will be impossible. Before the advent of Focused Shockwave therapy and EMTT therapy, the only long-term options for male diabetics were penile plication and shortening or penile implants.

Diabetics have a compromised immune system due to problems of carrying too much sugar in their blood. This will lead to a build-up of plaque within their arteries and blood vessels. The worse the level of blood sugar control, the greater the chance a diabetic man will suffer from Peyronie's disease.

The blood sugar in a diabetic can damage both the nerve tissues and the blood vessels in the penis. It is also often the case, that Peyronie's disease patients will lose a degree of sexual sensitivity as well as their ability to have a solid erection. Many diabetics as they get older will also notice a stiffening in their hands and a loss of sensitivity in their feet or the onset of diabetic neuropathy. This is all related to a compromised immune system and sugar in the blood.

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Maintaining An Erection if You Have Diabetes

Patients may not be aware that they have compromising fibrous plaque within their bodily system. Apart from minor swelling, other parts of our body do not expand in size and shape like a man's manhood.

To have an erection, up to 20 times as much blood flows into the penis filling out and expanding the thousands of blood vessels. The health of this flow is dependent on having clean arteries, veins, and unimpeded blood vessels. With a male diabetic patient, a number of these blood vessels will clog up with minute plaques or become damaged through injury. Then over some time, plaque will start joining together leading to Peyronie's disease.

Focused ShockWave Therapy (FSWT), with its ability to break down plaque is the only non-surgical, long-term peyronie's disease therapy for diabetics who want to avoid surgery. 

This recent study showed that Focused Shockwave therapy helped Peyronie's disease diabetes patients.

However, diabetics should also consider their lifestyle choices as higher blood sugars will increase dangerous plaque around the body.

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MansMatters are specialists in non-invasive, nonsurgical procedures. We do not offer surgery but have professional relationships with leading surgical urologists and andrologists who undertake different types of Peyronie's disease surgery. If you would like to know more about surgical options, then please click here.

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