About half of men who have diabetes will experience erectile dysfunction (ED), and the percentage increases as men age. While diabetes may cause you to experience ED, there are options available to help you maintain an active and intimate sex life.

An overview of diabetes

Diabetes results when your blood glucose (blood sugar) is elevated. Blood sugar, which comes from what you eat and drink, is the body's primary source of energy. Sugar is the essential ingredient to help tissues and organs function properly.

The pancreas gland produces insulin, a hormone that facilitates getting the sugar from your diet into your blood cells for energy. If your pancreas makes too little or no insulin, the sugar stays in your