Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and Diabetes
Numerous men suffer from the impact that diabetes has on their ability to get and maintain an erection. This review from 2017 indicates that men with diabetes are three and a half times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.¹ Interestingly, conversations about sexual health and its relationship to diabetes are limited as it is often seen as a private issue. But the substantial prevalence of the condition suggests that more can be done.
Fortunately, there are treatments and therapies to help improve erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes. According to the Journal of Sexual Health June 1993 Volume 3 Number 6,
by the use of vacuum devices in excess of 80% of men are able to achieve a degree of penile tumescence sufficient to allow completion of sexual intercourse.
First, let’s review how diabetes can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Diabetes occurs when the body produces too little insulin in response to elevated blood glucose levels. Over time, uncontrolled diabetes affects the elasticity of blood vessels and reduces their ability to maintain the proper flow of blood.
The penis is made of tissues surrounded by veins and arteries for blood flow. During an erection, the arteries swell with blood and harden the surrounding tissues. In people with diabetes, the directional blood flow is imbalanced, and erections become challenging to maintain. In many cases, erectile dysfunction is caused by the mental and emotional impacts of diabetes as much as the physical.
Treatments for ED
Erectile dysfunction can be treated in several ways. Treatments are designed to increase and maintain blood flow to the penis. This can be achieved using medications, implants, and vacuum devices. The least invasive and often preferred option is to use a vacuum device to propel blood into the penis and hold it in place during an erection.
One of the safest, most effective vacuum devices in the market is the Rapport Classic Vacuum Therapy Device.
Rapport Vacuum Pump Therapy Device
The Rapport Classic Vacuum Therapy Device is a handheld pump applied externally to achieve an erection. This vacuum therapy system creates a vacuum around the penis which quickly produces a satisfactory erection by drawing blood into the penis. The pump is then removed leaving the constriction ring at the base of the penis.
Why use the Rapport Classic Vacuum?
- No prescription required
- External application makes it the least invasive treatment option
- Erection can be achieved in minutes
- Effective for physical and psychological causes of ED
- Constriction rings come in multiple sizes
- Comes with helpful video to aid in application and use
How Does Rapport VTD Work?
The vacuum therapy system consists of a plastic pump applied to the shaft of the penis. A constriction ring at the pump’s base keeps the blood from flowing back out of the penis to maintain the erection. Once the pump has been removed, the constriction ring stays in place for the duration of the erection.
Replacement Parts: Pump Head & Rings
Similar to any therapeutic device, sometimes you may need to replace parts after extend use. Here is a list of available replacement parts.
Erectile dysfunction is a real challenge for men with diabetes. However, you can take charge of your sexual health using the Rapport Classic Vacuum Therapy Device today!
The use of the Rapport™ Classic V.T.D. is not intended to replace your doctor’s diagnosis of the underlying cause of your impotence, but to help achieve and maintain an erection. It is always best to discuss your individual situation with a doctor when using this treatment
- Kouidrat Y, Pizzol D, Cosco T, Thompson T, Carnaghi M, Bertoldo A, Solmi M, Stubbs B, Veronese N. High prevalence of erectile dysfunction in diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 145 studies. Diabet Med. 2017 Sep;34(9):1185-1192. doi: 10.1111/dme.13403. Epub 2017 Jul 18. PMID: 28722225.
- Shindel AW, Lue TF. Sexual Dysfunction in Diabetes. [Updated 2021 Jun 8]. In: Feingold KR, Anawalt B, Boyce A, et al., editors. Endotext [Internet]. South Dartmouth (MA): MDText.com, Inc.; 2000-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279101/
- Penis: Anatomy, Function, Disorders, and Diagnosis (verywellhealth.com)