In part 6 of this Exclusive Interview, Dr. Hunter Wessells emphasizes the need for doctors to be aware of the importance of sexual dysfunction information for the sake of their patients. Dr. Wessells talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California.
Dr. Hunter Wessells, MD, FACS is a professor and chairman of Urology at the University of Washington. He specializes in genitourinary trauma, reconstructive surgery, and erectile dysfunction.
Transcript of this video segment:
A good presenter gives information that the audience takes home and practices what they have been taught. If there were just a couple things that you wanted the family practitioner, the physician or PCP to walk away with from your presentation, what would that be?
That this is important to the patient and it affects their quality of life. It has a bigger impact on the quality of life than other things that we think of like kidney damage in the intermediate phases. Controlling an incontinence issue may be more impactful to a patient. The other takeaway is 50% of men are going to have sexual dysfunction by the time they are 50 years old if they have diabetes which is much high than the rest of the population and we need to be thinking 10 or 20 years ahead of that and using that in educating patients. The last thing is that there are some effective treatments for some of these conditions and if the PCP or providers can’t manage that themselves they should get help because we can improve a lot of these symptoms.