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November 12, 2010

SIU Med School Presents Sexual Health Seminar for Diabetes Awareness Month

During November, American Diabetes Month, a physician specialist at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is encouraging all diabetic men experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED) to ask their doctor about being screened for cardiovascular disease.

The connection between diabetes and male sexual dysfunction is the topic of a free seminar 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, November 29, at the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, 315 W. Carpenter Street, Springfield.  Speakers are Dr. Tobias Köhler, assistant professor of urology, and Mary Knox, nurse practitioner.

ED is often associated with vascular dysfunction, or impaired blood flow.  If a patient is experiencing ED, it is possible that the impaired blood flow could be problematic in other areas of the body, especially the heart.  Men with diabetes are three to four times more likely to have vascular disease leading to strokes and heart attacks than men who are not diabetic.

“We’re pleased to offer treatment options here at SIU for men who start to fail drug therapies.  Poor sexual health not only affects a man but often his spouse as well,” said Köhler.

Sexual problems are common among people with diabetes, particularly in older men who have had the disease for years.  More than 50 percent of the estimated 10 million men with diagnosed type 2 diabetes experience impotence.  There can be various reasons for this and many treatment options are available.

Male diabetics and their partners seeking more information about improving their sexual health are encouraged to register for the free seminar by calling SIU School of Medicine at 217-545-7133 weekdays.  Parking is available in front of the building.

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