India, although it has lost the title of global diabetes hotspot (the highest concentration of diabetics) to China, is facing a diabetes epidemic. This tide of diabetes patients brings with it an enormous array of complications. One of these, erectile dysfunction (ED), has been identified as a particularly serious problem in India, according to an expert in Australia.
Diabetes is directly related to ED, according to a lecturer on sexual counselling visiting the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She was explaining the findings of a survey carried out by Pfizer (the pharmaceutical company) on the sexual practices and habits of people throughout 27 different countries.
In some countries around the world people were reluctant to discuss ED, with many men preferring to suffer the problem in silence. The Pfizer survey covered just over 12,500 respondents across the world. A significant proportion of men and women were found to be unsatisfied with their sex life. The results also indicated that the great majority of men would take a prescription medicine to improve their sexual performance.
The links between diabetes and ED are not new, but the problem is obviously serious in developing countries where diabetes is taking hold. It is only through education and culturally sensitive awareness that these diabetes-related complications can be challenged and fought.

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