SEX AND HEALTH: SOME THINGS THAT CAN GO WRONG FOR MEN-DIABETES

About half of all diabetic men eventually become impotent but this may not happen until their seventies or eighties. However, for the unlucky few, impotence is the first sign of diabetes. A middle-aged man who suddenly becomes impotent for no apparent reason should have his urine checked for sugar in case he has become a diabetic. A diabetic’s sex drive is usually normal; it is only the ability to erect that is the problem. When caught early, careful management of the diabetes can improve things but in more serious cases a mechanical prosthesis may be needed. Diabetic women also experience sexual dysfunction and, as with men, there is no link between the seventy of the disease and the onset of their sexual dysfunction.

Vaginal thrush is more common in diabetic women and this can cause uncomfortable sex or even an avoidance of sex altogether.

Some diabetic women find that their insulin requirements are raised when they become sexually active.

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