The most dangerous aspect of Diabetes is the affect it has on the vascular system (blood vessels). Heart disease is the main cause of reduced life expectancy in patients with diabetes. Other conditions caused by diabetes include nephropathy (kidney disease) and retinopathy (blindness). Men with diabetes are also more likely to experience erectile dysfunction (ED). The most common medications (Viagra and Cialis) used to treat ED act by dilating the blood vessels. Unfortunately, because of the effects that Diabetes has on the circulatory system, these drugs don’t work well in patients with chronic diabetes, especially when it’s not well managed.
First introduced in the 1970s to treat people with kidney or gallstones, low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy (LI-ESWT) has since evolved to successfully treat many conditions, including erectile dysfunction. It does this by causing painless, mechanical stress to the treatment site, triggering a wound-healing response that stimulates blood vessel growth and improved blood flow.
Research shows up to 70% of diabetic ED sufferers experience improvement with shockwave therapy. This new therapy is available at Integrative Health and Rehabilitation in Denver, CO. Our office utilizes the patented Alma Duo device to provide the gold standard in shock wave technology.
What Can Be Done to Improve the Effectiveness of Shockwave Therapy in Men with Diabetes?
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Diabetic men also see the most improvement in their condition when they receive regular ongoing maintenance treatment sessions.
Treating Diabetic Men with ED Shockwave Therapy for ED
At Integrative Health and Rehabilitation, we have found that men with diabetes typically require a more intensive approach to treatment with shockwave therapy. Especially if they have moderate to severe erectile dysfunction and other conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or obesity.
We typically recommend starting with an initial, intensive course of Duo shockwave therapy twice a week for 6 treatment weeks (12 sessions total). After completing the initial course of shockwave therapy, we continue with bi-monthly sessions to maintain the benefits of the shockwave therapy. We offer a discounted annual subscription for diabetic patients to take advantage of shockwave therapy.
Diabetic Medications and Shockwave Therapy
Alma Duo shockwave therapy for ED does not interfere with oral diabetes medications such as metformin, pioglitazone, Avandia (rosiglitazone), glipizide, Prandin (repaglinide), Januvia (sitagliptin), Tradjenta, Janumet, or Kombiglyze. Men taking insulin (e.g. Lantus, Toujeo, Novolog, Levemir, Humalog, Humulin and insulin glargine). can also safely receive shockwave therapy without any negative effect on diabetes control.
Free, confidential, consultations can be scheduled at Integrative Health and Rehabilitation. Call (303) 424-7171, text (833) 210-3525, or email email@example.com to schedule today.