High blood sugar or diabetes affects most of the systems of the body such as kidneys, eyes,
nerves etc. But the system that most often goes unnoticed, is the one related to the sexual
Diabetes has been found to have profound effects on the sexual functioning of both men and
women and thus, being high on your sugar can adversely affect your bedroom activities.
Effect On Men
High sugar level lowers the level of testosterone (the male hormone) hampering erection
as well as decreasing sex drive. Other factors associated with diabetes that contribute
to erectile dysfunction or ED include hypertension,obesity, medications such as antidepressants
etc. Inability to perform in bed can also lead to low self esteem, anxiety affecting erection
Complicated diabetes such as diabetic neuropathy can cause retrograde ejaculation wherein
semen is ejaculated into the bladder instead of the penis.
Moreover, the nerve damage due to diabetes can affect the nerves down there making
sensations or stimulation difficult.
Blood flow to the genitals may be blocked reducing sensations further. Attaining
orgasm and experiencing pleasure might be tough for diabetics.
Light-to-moderate exercise or yoga strengthens the heart to improve the blood flow to the
area as well as provides mobility and flexibility of the lower body.
Testosterone injections or gels may be prescribed to increase the hormone levels necessary
for male action.
Controlling the blood glucose levels and keeping a check on your medications are additional
areas your doctor can help you with.
Effect On Women
Diabetes can disrupt the female hormones resulting in vaginal dryness or painful intercourse.
Also just like in males, the restricted blood circulation and damaged nerves can have an effect on
the sensations like arousal or orgasms.
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