Diabetes and Your Sex Life

Diabetes and Your Sex Life

Introduction

According to a 2010 study published in the journal, Diabetes Care, just about 50% of men with diabetes and 19% of diabetes afflicted women approach their doctors for loss of libido. This article will look at the causes underlying this phenomenon.

While a lot of patients are aware of the complications caused by sustained increase of blood sugar on eyes, kidney and heart, very few of them realize that diabetes indeed has a negative effect on sexual desire. Let us try to understand the causes as to how diabetes affects sex life.

  1. High Blood Sugar has a direct bearing on loss/reduction of libido, so it is logical that blood glucose levels be lowered. Take appropriate medication for this but understand that certain antidepressants can lower libido in the bargain.
  2. Inflammation may also cause loss of libido. Since, sexual desire is an activity that originates in the brain, so, any increase in the inflammation of molecules in the blood-brain area may lead to a loss of appetite for sex.
  3. Low testosterone levels may also cause loss of appetite for sex in persons with diabetes. So, if you are a man who is overweight and has Type 2 diabetes, you have an increased chance of having low testosterone which is going to affect your libido.

Medical experts say that losing weight along with testosterone therapy leads to better sexual performance.

However, if you are a woman then, it is really difficult to predict if your libido can be improved by testosterone therapy. Some studies such as the one published in 2008 in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests that post-menopausal women responded favourably to testosterone therapy. In general, for women, it is tough to lay a finger on what causes loss of libido. There can be reasons other than diabetes such as depression or anything else too.

Reasons for Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetics

  • Nerve damage hampers the carriage of sexual signals from the brain to the genitals.
  • High blood glucose levels lead to deposition of fat inside arteries which makes the movement of blood to the sexual organ difficult. This is the reason why you face an erectile dysfunction.
  • High blood glucose levels lead to deposition of fat inside arteries which makes the movement of blood to the sexual organ difficult. This is the reason why you face an erectile dysfunction.

Reasons for low libido can vary in men and women. In women, particularly, reduced libido can have several reasons. It is imperative that people with Type 2 diabetes be aware of the libido issues also.

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