Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetic Patients in the Holy Kerbala/Iraq in 2018


BackgroundErectile dysfunction affects more than 50% of diabetic patients and results in miserablecouple’s life, especially for young adults. Possible predictors are proper therapy andpatient’s compliance with treatment, in addition to the warning signs and symptoms ofsensory neuron and motor deficits. Therefore, this study was conducted to determine theprevalence of Erectile dysfunction and its predictors among diabetic patients in Kerbala.Material and methodsThe study included a convenient sample of 61 patients with diabetes mellitus type I and II.They were chosen through a systematic sampling among patients at the diabetes mellitusclinic at Al Hussein Teaching Hospital in Holy Kerbala /Iraq in 2018. All participantswere interviewed using standard questionnaire. Analysis of data used descriptive andanalytic tools including t-test, chi-square test, logistic regression and structural Equationmodeling through the statistical Package of social sciences and Amos and Excel softwareat a significance level of <.05.ResultsThe mean age of patients was 53.5 ± 10.18 years and mean duration of disease was 10.9±6.90 years. One half of the participants complained of erectile dysfunction. Goodglycemic control may hinder this complication induction. Motor neuron changes,discovered on clinical examination, might be the earliest warning signs and sensorydeficits are also predictors of erectile dysfunction. Similarly, autonomic changesdiscovered through orthostatic hypotension might also represent its early sign.ConclusionsErectile dysfunction is a common complication of diabetes and health care providers needto investigate for early signs of this occurrence through sensory and motor neuronedeficits.