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February 22, 2008 at 7:22 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Diabetes and Shrinkage Dysfunction


Shrinkage dysfunction is commonly associated with the condition of diabetes. However, just because you have diabetes does not mean you will develop the condition of shrinkage dysfunction.

Diabetes and Shrinkage Dysfunction: The Connections

Shrinkage dysfunction is associated with a decrease in penis size. While shrinkage dysfunction is typically caused by a combination of factors, the condition of diabetes is strongly correlated with an increased risk for the development of shrinkage dysfunction. These factors can be generally limited to increased blood sugar levels, poor control of blood sugar levels, and the associated diabetic complications.

Excess Sugar

Excess sugar in the blood can lead to damage of both the blood vessels and nerves. This includes all blood vessels and nerves, including the nerves and blood vessels of the penis responsible for maintenance of size and erections. While the brain is still signaling in preparation for sex, the signals are delayed or not delivered at all. If these signals are not received, there will be no response in the form of an erection, and this can lead to an overall decrease in size.

Diabetic Complications

There are many complications associated with diabetes, including cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis causes damage to the blood vessels in the form of the build up of plaque. This plaque is responsible for the slowing of blood flow to the penis, creating the possibility of shrinkage dysfunction and the ability to maintain an erection.

Regulation and Control of Blood Sugar Levels

The proper regulation and control of blood sugar levels is essential to the maintenance of overall general health, including sexual health. Inadequate regulation and control of blood sugar levels is commonly associated with the release of a specific chemical known as nitric oxide. This chemical is necessary for the natural ability of the body to achieve and maintain the presence of an erection.

Shrinkage Dysfunction: Diabetic Prevalence

It is estimated that approximately 85% of all diabetic men will have complications with either shrinkage or erectile dysfunction. It is commonly associated that the longer the condition of diabetes is present, the more severe the condition of shrinkage dysfunction becomes. There are also estimations that diabetic men are over three times more likely than men without diabetes to develop the condition of shrinkage dysfunction or erectile dysfunction.

Shrinkage Dysfunction: Treatment Options

While it is true that shrinkage dysfunction is a common complication of diabetic men, there exist many possible treatment options. It is important for you to educate yourself to these possible options. If shrinkage dysfunction is left untreated, it typically develops into feelings of inadequacy, discouragement, depression, and frustration. It is important to take an active role in the treatment of shrinkage dysfunction.

  • Diet: A healthy diet is correlated with a decreased risk.
  • Blood sugar control: By maintaining and regulating blood sugar levels, overall risk is decreased.
  • Exercise: Exercise has positive benefits for both blood sugar levels and shrinkage dysfunction.
  • Limit alcohol: Excessive alcohol use has been associated with increased incidence rates of shrinkage dysfunction.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking has also been associated with a higher risk for the development of shrinkage dysfunction.


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