Most people think that diabetes and a good sex life are not compatible. Diabetic men can also enjoy a satisfying sex life. They just need to educate themselves more about their physical condition and probable mental health issues.
Diabetic males can suffer from a multitude of issues, ranging from decreased libido to difficulty attaining an erection with erectile dysfunction being the primary complaint. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or sustain an erection.
Sometimes there is a reduced urge to have sex, which could be because of low testosterone levels. Low testosterone has adverse effects on many areas of life. Energy, muscle strength and mood may be low, along with sexual desire. Fewer and weaker erections may be experienced.
There are a few lifestyle changes recommended that can constructively help in dealing with these issues.
- 1. Lose weight. A 2011 study indicated that obese type2 diabetic men had better erections and heightened sex drive when 5% or more of their body weight was reduced. Being overweight raises the probability of problems like nerve damage because it makes your body less able to utilize insulin and also increases the chance of low testosterone.
- 2. Regular exercise assists in blood flow and protects against ED. Leading a sedentary lifestyle is not diabetic conducive.
- 3. Consult your doctor. Don’t shy away. Diabetes symptoms in men in relation to sex should be discussed with the doctor. The doctor can help pinpoint the problem and give appropriate guidance.
- 4. Be knowledgeable about your medicines. A particular medicine may cause side effects. Beware, so necessary steps can be taken to switch to another medicine or reduce the dosage.
Just remember, you are not alone; most men face these difficulties. You always have options!
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