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Arch Ital Urol Nefrol Androl. 1991 Dec;63(4):435-9.

[Is it possible to prevent andrological complications in the diabetic patient?].

[Article in Italian]

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  • 1Dipartimento di Medicina e Oncologia Sperimentale, Universit√† di Torino, Ospedale San Vito.


Sexual impotence is the main andrological complication of diabetes mellitus and is the consequence of nervous, vascular and psychological factors which act either separately or in association. An attempt to prevent this complication will be successful if performed early before impotence has became irreversible. Neuropathy-induced impotence can be prevented by obtaining a good metabolic control of diabetes and/or by using some specific drugs such as gangliosides and aldose reductase inhibitors. The vascular causes of erectile failure can be prevented by reducing or removing associated risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, obesity, hypercholesterolemia, sedentariness and insulin-resistance. Finally, correct information and reassurance of the patient and his partner can prevent the negative role played by psychological factors on the sexual dysfunctions complained by the diabetic subject.

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