Diabetes happens to be one of the most devastating diseases that anyone can have.
According to diabetologist/Medical Director of Rainbow Specialist Hospital, Isiavwe Afokoghene, if not put under control through appropriate medications and sound lifestyle habit, diabetes complications can wreak untold havoc on all organs of the body such as the eyes, nerves, kidneys, and the heart; and it may eventually kill.
For men living with diabetes, low libido or low sexual desire is a constant companion. This is mainly because of their high blood glucose levels.
Worse still, scientists warn, even when a diabetic man is able to have sex, he may be unable to reach orgasm!
“High sugar levels in men with diabetes can affect the function of the nerves in the penis, leading to erectile function,” physicians warn.
Indeed, a study published in the peer-reviewed journal, Diabetes Care, reveals that, for people who already have diabetes, sexual problems can indicate nerve damage, blocked arteries, and hormones that are functioning in haphazard manner.
The scientists say one of the main sexual problems men with diabetes face is the inability to have an erection, as damage to the vascular system can impair blood flow.
“If the blood vessels aren’t functioning properly or if an artery is blocked, not enough blood will travel to the penis, making it difficult to get an erection,” they warn.
What to do:
The first line of action is to discuss with your doctor.
Take your medications as prescribed.
Improve your glucose control.
Talk to your doctor; s/he will give you the appropriate medications.
Learn to eat healthy foods.
Stop smoking; and don’t start if you don’t.
Reduce your stress level.
Learn to relax and hope for the best.