The incidence of erectile dysfunction, or ED, is higher in men with diabetes, with up to 75 percent of diabetic men experiencing ED to some degree during their lifetimes, according to WebMD. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or keep an erection long enough to have sex.
Diabetic men tend to develop ED up to 15 years sooner than their non-diabetic counterparts. With age, the incidence of ED among diabetic men increases, notes WebMD. As many as 60 percent of diabetic men over the age of 50 develop ED. After age 70, the likelihood of erectile dysfunction in diabetics is even greater, with as many as 95 percent experiencing the condition. The increased prevalence of ED in diabetic men is due to the damage diabetes causes to the nerves and blood vessels that cause erections.