Sexual Health Issues for Men with Diabetes

Diabetes is a growing public health concern around the world, and for men it can be a major sexual health concern as well. Men with diabetes may be particularly concerned about how the condition may affect their sex lives. Before we go deep into the conversation, let us quickly do a recap on diabetes. Diabetes is known as a health condition that is characterized by the inability to produce adequate amounts of insulin or the body’s inability to properly use insulin. Without insulin your body cannot get the energy it needs from the food you consume. This condition can elevate the blood glucose levels causing a host of health problems. In particular, there are a number of penile problems that diabetics are vulnerable to. Men need to know what they are and how they are treated; this can help a lot of men with diabetes to get a better handle on their health.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is one of the most common complications of diabetes and also one of the most under diagnosed. Results of research vary in terms of how many men with diabetes suffer from ED. The range is 20% to 75% *. Men with diabetes are considered to be two or three times more likely to experience this problem than non-diabetic men. When you experience performance problems younger than the age of 45 is considered an early sign of diabetes. You need to consult your doctor to check your glucose levels as a precaution.

Diabetes can cause ED in men in a couple of ways. First, constant high glucose levels can cause nerve damage. Since erections occur partly due to nerve signaling, men with diabetes may not be able to achieve erections. Second, diabetes can affect the way blood flows through the body. Impeded circulation in the penis can lead to ED, since, along with healthy nerve supply, the penis requires a rush of blood into its chambers in order to harden.

Treating ED caused by either or both of those issues may involve medications, penis pumps, urethral suppositories and/or injections. Perhaps most important is managing the underlying condition. Most diabetics suffer from type 2 diabetes, a diet-related disease that can be largely prevented and possibly even treated by eating well and exercising regularly. Men should also eliminate bad habits that exacerbate nerve and circulatory issues, such as smoking and heavy drinking.

Yeast Infections

An excess of glucose in the blood creates a ripe environment for the overgrowth of yeast infection. Men with diabetes are prone to recurrent yeast infections, marked by a red penile rash and burning and/or itching inside the penis when you urinate. Antifungal creams (found at all pharmacies) help rid infections, but only managing the underlying
condition will keep them away for good.

Retrograde Ejaculation

Retrograde ejaculation is the abnormal passage of ejaculation into the bladder after orgasm. Men with diabetes are at risk of retrograde ejaculation, as the nerve damage may cause the sphincter muscles to function abnormally. A sphincter muscle is a circular muscle that open and close certain body parts. Its job is to regulate the passage of some type of fluid, such as semen, urine or fecal matter.

The primary sign of retrograde ejaculation that a man will notice is a reduction in the amount of semen when he ejaculates. A medical professional can also test for semen in a urine sample to confirm the condition. While generally harmless, retrograde ejaculation poses an obstacle for couples who are trying to get pregnant. There are medications that strengthen the sphincter muscles that control normal emission. Ask your doctor about them.

Men with diabetes need all the help they can get to maintain their sexual health as they work to manage their underlying health condition. Mens Clinic International can help you with your erection difficulties caused by Diabetes. Come see our professional doctors for diagnose and recommended treatment methods.

If you find yourself struggling with any sexual problems that is related to Early Ejaculation, Erectile Dysfunction, Low Libido, STI or Circumcision. Do get in touch with us to book a consultation with our professional doctors who specializes in Men’s Sexual Health.

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Reference:

spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/content/17/4/225
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317824.php
https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-a-sphincter-1945068