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Latest News from the ISSM - March 14, 2014 Member Login
Diabetic Men May Need More Intense ED Therapies

Diabetic men may need more aggressive therapies for erectile dysfunction (ED) than men without diabetes, according to a recent study.

The researchers wanted to know whether diabetes was associated with more severe ED and whether diabetic men were more likely to need second- and third-line therapies than men without diabetes.

They considered oral medications to be first-line therapy. Second-line therapies included penile suppositories and injections. Penile prostheses were third-line therapies.

Using a database, the researchers identified almost 136,000 men who had been diagnosed with ED. Fourteen percent of them were diagnosed with diabetes before their ED diagnosis.

Almost 3% of the diabetic men were treated with second-line therapies, compared to 1.8% of the non-diabetic men. 

Rates for third-line therapies were 0.8% and 0.4% for the diabetic and non-diabetic men, respectively.

“These data suggest that [diabetes]-associated ED may be less responsive to first-line pharmacologic treatment, worsen more rapidly, or both,” the authors wrote.

The study was published in December in the International Journal of Impotence Research. Please click here for more details. 

Lack of Sexual Privacy Affects Men's Sexual Function

A summary of new research on sexual privacy and men's sexual function has been posted to the ISSM website. 

"Lack of Sexual Privacy Affects Psychological and Marital Domains of Male Sexual Dysfunction" by Valentina Boddy, MD, et al. was first published online in November 2013 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

The study involved over 3,700 men who were seeking first-time help for sexual problems.  The researchers examined the role of privacy in the men's sexual health, especially in regard to erectile function and ejaculatory disorders. 

Please click here to see the complete summary.  

Have You Seen the VJPU?

The Video Journal of Prosthetic Urology (VJPU) is the ISSM's newest peer-reviewed journal. As the name suggests, VJPU focuses on prosthetic urology, especially as it pertains to sexual medicine. Novel technologies and "how I do it" surgical expositions are of special interest.

"Our new video journal promises a forum for surgical education that will be timely, inexpensive and allows for instant update as enhancements in our medical knowledge become available," writes VJPU editor-in-chief Steven K. Wilson, MD, FACS, FRCS.

To learn more about the journal and its submission process, please click here. Videos already uploaded to the journal may be found here.

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