Q. I’m 50 years old with type 1 diabetes, and I have ED. I’m exercising regularly 20 minutes daily. Do those pills you see on TV with the guy smiling all the time really work?
A. Diabetes is linked to sexual difficulties, particularly erectile dysfunction. There is ample evidence that drugs such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra do work for many men. An analysis of several studies reports that Viagra results in successful intercourse roughly 50 to 80 percent of the time. That compares to 14 to 35 percent success for placebo treatment (Clinical Interventions in Aging, Dec., 2006).
Please discuss this problem with your physician. Even if the ED drugs you see advertised were not effective for you, there are a number of other treatment options.

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  1. jlv

    I have a question about erectile dysfunction. I have been having this problem for almost a year now. I’m 37-yrs old, and for the last 6.5 yrs, I had a very stressful life dealing with financial problems and terminal ill son of brain cancer at age 6. Unfortunately, I lost my son to brain cancer 2-yrs ago, and I cannot seem to find relief to my sexual frustration of not being able to keep an erection long enough to have intercourse.
    I tried some medication called, STRONG, that’s supposed to be made of natural ingredients unlike Viagra, with no side effects. Well, that did not do anything for me. I ended up demanding my money back since the product failed. I tried the injection medication into my penis, but man, that hurt like hell!!!! I attempted twice and to very little success! Last exam I had two years ago, revealed I was low on testosterone.
    Unfortunately, I was not able to start treatment due to shortly after, being laid off from work and losing my health benefits. I read up on the internet that Cayenne red pepper is a natural remedy that helps with circulation which helps with blood flow to the penis. Is this true or is there another alternatives to this problem? By the way, I’m 37-yrs 5’9 238-lbs. Working on loosing the weight. drink alcohol regularly.

  2. Steve T

    My urologist reports that my testosterone level is 49. This is apparently quite low, and so I’ve been prescribed Androgel. What are the side effects? I fear that a recent violent episode with my wife was a result of the prescription, but I don’t want to place blame where it doesn’t belong.

  3. s w

    Peoples pharmacy, the information in your answer was good. However you avoided a direct answer to the question posed about the TV advertising of an unknown pill aid for ED rather than a known and medically approved substance. Seems to me that these so called ads for pills can prove to be dangerous whether or not they ”work”. The ad in question does not say that it is viagra or similar.

  4. oldokie

    I’m not diabetic but I’m 78 and a few years ago I began having trouble with erections. My urologist prescribed the little blue pill (Viagra) and while it didn’t restore my teen-age virility my lady friend seems pleased.

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