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Most people agree that sex is an important part of life and relationships. Having diabetes can cause erectile dysfunction in about 50 percent of men and sexual problems in about 25 percent of women.
For men, high blood sugar over time damages nerves and small and large blood vessels through the body, including vessels leading to and within the penis, causing erectile dysfunction.
Women with diabetes are also more likely to have difficulty achieving orgasms; nerve damage from sustained high blood glucoses can cause a gradual loss of sensation and sexual response.
So what can you do to have a long and healthy sexual relationship?
Have a great week.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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Oh what helpful suggestions! Really?
I can't emphasize the importance of this issue. Unfortunately, as a veteran, my issues surfaced after the fact, I was too busy saving the world but now I'm stuck saving myself. Do yourself a favor, preventive medicine with diabetes is key.
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Thanks Guyz Getting older really "S***s"! Thank you for the Heads-Up on the matter at hand. Living out here in the "sticks" makes getting out on a date kind of limited at best. Do you have any or many suggestions to try? Thanks, Ed Webber
"For men, high blood sugar over time damages nerves and small and large blood vessels through the body, including vessels leading to and within the penis, causing erectile dysfunction."
So can these Blood vessels and Nerves recover if you watch your blood sugar levels?
Yikes. I have no problem and I am Type 1 diabetic for several years. Love sex - always have and always will. It's awesome and my boyfriend is a tiger in the bed. Woo-Hoo. I feel so lucky. I am also extremely careful of what I eat, how my glucose is at least 8 times a day. Always on top of my health issues and it helps.
Answer to Prewitt, below: Admittedly, I'm 87, but the answer is probably yes. nfp
This article is ... well, useless, I'm afraid. I am in my late 60's and have been Type 2 for over 25 years; ED for almost 20. I have apparently untreatable ED, aggravated, I think, by several years without sexual intercourse while my wife was ill. I have tried more or less everything, and consulted numerous specialists, therapists. I remarried a few years ago; disclosed fully before we married. We have a reasonable sex life which does not involve penetration. I am able to achieve orgasm, but as time goes on they are weaker. Levitra helps somewhat in increasing blood flow, but has annoying side effects (acid reflux/heartburn). For some time the ED did not worry me. For the last couple of months I seem to be more and more troubled by a sex life that I feel as though I totally missed out on, and annoyed by what I feel is my inability to function. Not a good situation.
I am a 58 year old man, I found out I had diabetes a few years ago and I was single, I now have a girlfriend and she said she needs me to be fully erect to get the pleasure we are trying to achieve.
My penis started getting smaller as I guess the diabetes progressed, I can achieve orgasm but the penis is somewhat flacid, I am also a smoker, what can be done to help, I am worried, also I tried quitting smoking several ways and failed.???
I am getting desperate.???
i read all the above and only feel more depressed or agitated every thing you say seek and involve with providers is a big dissaponitment as they blow it all off as if your complaining or insurance issues to get the help needed well as i see it ill die from a alment that dose have answeres if anyone cares enough to help you at a great monetarie cost
If one already suffers from sexual problems, namely no orgasms any longer, how can BS control bring back the nerve sensibility?
After menopause my sex drive took a nose dive. I was diagnosed with diabetes shortly thereafter. My primary care physician simply says that it could be caused by a number of things. I miss the joy I used to have and the intimacy that is gone. My husband now has erectile dysfunction. Is all of this something that should just be accepted when aging?
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