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Vacuum Therapy to Counter Erectile Dysfunction with Diabetes

It is estimated that about 35 to 75% of men with diabetes suffer from some degree of erectile dysfunction (ED). Diabetic men tend to develop this problem about 10 to 15 years before healthy men. The cause of ED involves problems with muscle function, blood vessels and nerves as a part of diabetes. Most men with ED are prescribed medicines like Levitra, Cialis or Viagra, but these are not recommended for people with heart condition. Diabetes patients usually also have heart conditions so these medications are not an option for most.


Vacuum therapy through a vacuum constriction device or VCD works well for many diabetics with ED. The device is made up of an acrylic cylinder with pump and can be attached to the penile end. A ring for constriction is then placed on the cylinder at the other end. The pump and cylinder are then turned on to make the penis erect and the band is employed to maintain penile erection. Successful intercourse should be performed within 30 minutes of using the pump as constriction beyond this period can be harmful.

These devices must not be used by individuals who have blood diseases like sickle cell anemia and certain kinds of leukemia. Use of vacuum constriction by people with blood disorders can lead to a condition called priapism where painful erections can last up to hours at a time. It is vital that VCD users make use of FDA-approved constriction rings for safety. EZ Tension Rings by Osbon ErecAid are extremely effective, safe, and approved. These rings ensure that scrotum is not pulled into the device. They minimize ring transfer process and come in a variety of diameters that range from 16 to 19 mm.