Diabetic Sexual Problems

diabetic sexual problems

Good sexual health is important among other factors for enjoying a blissful sex life and everybody wants to be sexually fit in order to enjoy their sexual life as sex is one of the most important parts of our lives for most of us. At the same time, there are some factors, which have negative effect on the health of men and women which include aging, stress and disease. One of the diseases that seriously influence sexual-health in men is diabetes. Over half of the men suffering from diabetes may experience poor sexual health or even impotence according to recent researches.

The leading cause of sexual health issues in people is diabetes, along with hypertension, high cholesterol, and smoking which can affect nerve function and blood flow to any place in the body and one area that can often be affected is the genitals.

Men are more likely to have sexual issues with poorly controlled diabetes than those in good control.  Men who have good control of their diabetes can still have issues, but they are more likely to be mild and responsive to therapy.

It is crucial for diabetics and their partners to understand how and why sexual health issues happen. Excitement signals released by nerves and by increased flow of blood into the penis results in sexual arousal and erection in men. Diabetes reduces the blood flow to the penis due to which diabetic patients often suffer from impaired nerves and blood vessels which may be a direct result of the disease or the side effect of drugs that are taken for treating diabetes. The longer a person suffers from diabetes, more are the chances of his suffering from poor health.

In order to manage the problems, there are various tips which are recommended for diabetic male patients. The various tips which are recommended are as follows:

  • Talking to partner. This will help release tension in the sexual relationship and will help in coming to terms with the situation.
  • Taking advice of the doctor. A person should discuss the issue of his health with the doctor as he may alter the medicines he is taking for diabetes.
  • Keep the blood glucose levels in check by regularly taking medicines, and adopting healthier life-style.
  • Explore other issues that may be aggravating the problems such as alcohol, stress or any other psychological problems.

In addition to these tips, there are options available for diabetic men that help them achieve better sexual-health. These include health supplements, local creams, medicines, devices and surgery. However, a person should do fully research and verify them before he start using them to improve his sexual- health.


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