Diabetes and Man


Can sexual problems be symptoms of diabetes?

Yes. Changes in sexual problems may be a sign that you have diabetes. Nerve damage caused by diabetes, also called diabetic neuropathy, can damage your urinary tract.

What makes me more likely to develop sexual problems

You’re more likely to develop sexual problems if you have diabetes and

  • Have high blood sugar that is not well controlled.
  • Have nerve damage (neuropathy).
  • Not treated have high blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol that is not treated.
  • Overweight/obese.
  • Not physically active.
  • Taking certain medicines.
  • Drink too many alcoholic drinks.
  • Smoke.
When should I see a doctor about my sexual problems?

See a doctor for your sex problems. These problems could be a sign that you need to manage your diabetes differently.

What sexual problems can men with diabetes have?

Changes in the walls of blood vessels, nerve damages, fluctuation in hormones, and ups and downs in your emotions during diabetes may make it more difficult for you to have satisfactory sex. All these situations finally may cause issues in child birth.

Erectile dysfunction (ED)

  • It is unable to get or keep an erection firm enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse is ED.
  • Comparatively, men who have diabetes are 3 times more likely to develop ED.
  • Men who have diabetes are more likely to have heart disease, and ED can be a warning sign, as both these diseases effect the blood vessels.
  • Some ED medicines are not safe to take with certain heart medicines, so make sure you let your doctor know about any medicines you’re taking.

Causes of ED

Damage from high blood sugar or high blood pressure to nerves and blood vessels needed to have an erection

ED Treatment

  • Medicine: Consult and check with your doctor for prescriptions.
  • Testosterone: If the cause of ED is low testosterone, giving testosterone may help.
  • Penile Implant.
  • Injection or suppository before sex.
  • Vacuum device: A plastic tube that fits over the penis.

Low testosterone

Men’s testosterone levels naturally lower with age but, lower-than-normal testosterone levels may be the cause of some men’s ED.

Fertility problems

  • Men with diabetes can have problems with their sperm that make it harder to conceive.
  • Sperm could be slow, less in required count or may not be able to fertilize a woman’s egg well.
  • Penile curvature

    • Men with diabetes are more likely to have penile curvature.
    • It is due to scar tissue in the penis that has lost its elasticity making it curve when erect.
    • The curving can make sexual intercourse painful and difficult.
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