Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction

With its increasing prevalence in every continent diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Today, there is huge interest within the scientific community to ameliorate the complications caused by diabetes and its various treatments. Although, cardiovascular diseases, chronic kidney failure, retinopathy and peripheral neuropathy have been widely investigated, physicians also recognize that there are sexual problems prevalent in diabetic men and women. Unfortunately, some of the diabetologist still underestimate the sexual health issues of diabetic patients, which is associated with significant decrease in patients' quality of life. However, health care professionals must remember that for some having a good sexual performance and happy relationship is much more important than regulating their blood sugar or reducing their HbA1C levels. 

Considering the need for realizing the sexual complaints of diabetic patients, our editorial board decided to collect articles published in IJIR: Your Sexual Medicine Journal from 2016 and 2017, which look at diabetes and sexual disorders, into an online web collection. We hope that this issue will be beneficial for understanding the burden of sexual health problems among patients with diabetes. We believe that there is a lot more to elucidate the pathophysiology of diabetes-induced sexual problems and to find out effective treatments to reverse these issues. As in previous years, IJIR will continue to be interested in publishing the findings of studies which aim to help diabetic patients who suffer from sexual disorders.

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