Diabetes and Sexual Problems

Can Sexual Problems be Avoided?

As with all complications associated with diabetes you can lower the risk of sexual problems by keeping blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels close to the target numbers provided by their doctor.

Control your blood sugar through diet. Eating a diabetes-friendly diet will help you to control blood sugar levels and lessen the amount of damage to your blood vessels and nerves. A proper diet geared at keeping glucose levels in check will also improve your energy levels and moods which can also contribute to erectile dysfunction.

Cut back on alcohol consumption. More than two drinks per day can damage your blood vessels and worsen ED. Being even mildly intoxicated can also make it hard to achieve an erection and interfere with sexual function.

Stop smoking. Smoking narrows the blood vessels and also decreases levels of nitric oxide which decreases blood flow to the penis, worsening erectile dysfunction.

Sources

NIDDK

webMD

American Journal of Managed Care

Nelson, C. (2011). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction Following Radical Pros. In National Cancer Institute. Retrieved May 1, 2013.

Mayo Clinic Staff. (January 2013). Erectile Dysfunction and Diabetes: Take Control Today. In Mayo Clinic. Retrieved May 5, 2013

Brown, J., McVary, K., Wessells, H. (2008). Sexual and Urologic Problems of Diabetes. In National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Retrieved May 2, 2013

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