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Is Diabetes Wrecking Your Intimate Moments?

Feb 6, 2008
When your body is unable to break down the glucose in your food to the energy it needs to sustain itself, leading to your blood overflowing with this unused glucose, you are diagnosed as yet another victim of diabetes. The high sugar-content of your blood can have dangerous consequences, which begin at heart disorders to kidney failure and even nerve damage. However, there is also a more secondary complication that arises from a combination of the direct impact diabetes has on your body, and quite surprisingly, the treatment that you follow to control this impact. And although this complication is one of the most rampant all over the world, it is also the most subdued; on account of the inhibitions people have about discussing this matter in public. And so, sexual dysfunction continues to affect thousands of diabetics across the world, even though help may be easily available and close at hand.

One of the few complications that do not have any gender biases, sexual dysfunction affects both men and women with equal potency. This complication arises from the nerve damage the high levels of blood sugar bring about in the victim's body, which disrupts the nervous signals relayed by the brain to the various bodily parts. The poor blood circulation, which is also another common problem afflicting diabetics all over the world, further exacerbates this condition by reducing the supply of blood to the victim's genitals. And so, the victim is unable to respond effectively to the sexual stimuli relayed by his brain, which reduces his sexual desire as well as his sexual performance.

Men are most commonly plagued by erectile dysfunction, which is the term used to describe the condition in which the victim is unable to attain or hold an erection which is firm enough to allow sexual intercourse. This disorder affects almost 85% of all diabetic men across the world, and is further complicated by the unforeseen side-effects of certain forms of diabetes medication, or external factors like smoking, uninhibited consumption of alcohol and even kidney disorders. Treatment of this disorder is with the use of oral medication, vacuum pumps and even surgical remedies depending on how severe the condition is.

Besides erectile dysfunction, diabetic men also suffer from a condition called retrograde ejaculation, which occurs when their semen is diverted to the bladder instead of the penis at the time of ejaculation. This semen dissipates into the urine and is excreted from the body, which poses several fertility-related issues over the course of time. The initial signs of this disorder are if your urine appears cloudier than usual or if the amount of semen you discharge at the time of ejaculation is lesser than before. It is here that you need to consult with your physician, and even get a urine sample tested, to check for retrograde ejaculation, after which your physician will prescribe medication to strengthen the muscles of your bladder neck

The diabetes-imposed damage to your nerves is particularly disadvantageous to women, as when the nerves lining the vagina are damaged by diabetes, the victims suffer from vaginal dryness. This dryness can bring about excruciating pain during intercourse, thus inhibiting their desire for sexual activity and also impairing their sexual responses over time. Diabetes medication, if not agreeable with the victim's constitution, may further hamper sexual responses, taking their toll on the woman's libido and their ability to attain orgasms.

The most effective way to deal with your diabetes-related sexual dysfunctions is to keep your physician informed of any untoward complications that arise during the course of your diabetes treatment. This will allow him to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition, based on your medical history and the results of any physical examinations he may conduct. For immediate relief, your physician may also prescribe vaginal lubricating creams and recommend Kegel exercises to help you gain better control over the muscles which hold urine in your bladder, thus improving the circulation of blood in this part of your body.

The dysfunctions that diabetes brings about are abundant, in both their number and the extent to which they hamper the functioning of your body. However, a large majority of these complications can be effortlessly avoided by keeping a close watch over your diabetes management to ensure that the nerve damage and loss of circulation do not attain devastating proportions. In the event that you are diagnosed with diabetes-related sexual dysfunctions, remember that it is as important to be scrupulous about your diabetes control, as it is to be regular with your treatment, as the most effective of therapies can prove futile if not accompanied by a stringent diabetes management program. So, if you are still letting diabetes get the better of you it's time to turn the tables right away. Soon you'll realize just how simple and effortless averting such disorders can be, if precautions are taken at the right time!
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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