I am a 65-year-old diabetic man. What is the best natural solution for erectile dysfunction (ED)?
You may be able to overcome ED, but given your age and your diabetes, your chances aren’t great. However, even if you can’t raise erections, you can still enjoy wonderful sex and fabulous orgasms. Men don’t need erections to have orgasms. In an erotic context—candles, music, maybe lingerie and/or sex toys—with a partner who is willing to stroke and suck on a semi-firm or completely flaccid penis, the man can still have orgasms and they feel as great as ever.
Your erectile function depends on several things:
• How long you’ve been diabetic. The longer it’s been, the less likely you are to retain erection function. If it’s been more than 10 years, that’s getting to be a long time.
• How well you’ve controlled your blood sugar. The tighter your control, the better your odds of retaining erection function.
• Your overall health. Risk factors for ED include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and any neuropathy (nerve problems).
I assume you’ve tried the drugs. They work by opening the arteries in the penis. As the arteries open (dilate), more blood flows in to support erections. If you have diabetic atherosclerosis (deposits on your arteries that clog them), the drugs may help. But diabetes may also damage the nervous system. If you have damage to the nerves involved in erection, the drugs can’t help. FYI: Different nerves control erection and orgasm. That’s why men with ED can still come.
There are many natural, healthy-lifestyle approaches that may help prevent and treat ED:
• Eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables, at least six servings a day.
• Exercise daily. Good types of exercise for men your age include: walking, biking, gardening, and dancing. You don’t need a gym. If you like going to a gym, fine, go. But there are many other ways to keep moving, bending, and stretching.
• Maintain recommended weight. Type-2 diabetes, which accounts for 95 percent of cases, is possible in people who are thin, but it’s very much weight-related. Obesity is the main risk factor.
As to your question about the “best” natural solution, the best one is the constellation of approaches that works best for you. Unfortunately, if you’ve had diabetes for more than 10 years, even a major lifestyle transformation may not help much. For more, I suggest you read my low-cost article, Sex and Diabetes.
But as I mentioned, even without erections, men can still make love, still have great sex, and satisfying orgasms. You might be interested in my low-cost article, Great Sex Without Intercourse.
A more sensual approach to lovemaking, one based on leisurely, playful, whole-body massage may also help. For more on this, read my low-cost e-book, which contains 134 articles, many of which touch on or deal directly with your situation. The articles I suggested above are all included in the e-book.
Finally, you might consult a sex therapist. There’s no guarantee that it will help, but with complicated illnesses like diabetes, and individual approach may help. For more about sex therapy, read my low-cost article, An Intimate Look at Sex Therapy. To find a sex therapist near you, visit the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, or the American Board of Sexology.
I wish you the best.
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