The secrets of loving with diabetes

When you or a loved one has diabetes it can bring stress, tension and worry into your relationship. And it is not always easy to have a frank discussion of relationship and physical intimacy issues that individuals with diabetes, and their partners, face.

Here we are just playing like a catalyst to over come some essential points which diabetics always faced in their most intimate private moments.

Diabetes is on the rise in every part of the world, and many of us being unaware of the disease until we experience sexual problems. Data indicates that about 50% of men and 25 % or women faces sexual problems as a result of their diabetic condition.

Men:
One-third of diabetic men may suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence. Even young diabetic men may also suffer from low levels of the male hormone testosterone, leading to reduced sex drive and erectile dysfunction. Low testosterone levels may also weaken bones and increase the risk for heart and vascular disease.

High blood pressure and diabetes further compound problems with erections, as blood vessels may become damaged, blocking the release of nitric oxide. When there is a lack of nitric oxide, blood vessels become constricted and reduce the flow of blood to the penis, resulting in ED.

High cholesterol also affects diabetics by interfering with the ability of the blood vessels to dilate. High cholesterol leads to build-up of fatty deposits in the blood vessels, reducing the blood flow to the penis.

Women:

Diabetic women may find that they no longer have a desire for sex and may become depressed. Depression and anxiety take away the desire for sex.

Painful intercourse due to dryness of the vagina is one of the problems of diabetic women. They no longer enjoy sex and often take the blame for failing to satisfy their partners.

Birth control pills can also lower testosterone levels in women. Low levels of testosterone often cause low levels of desire.

The feet are vital to foreplay for sexual arousal. You should try to prevent common foot problems like athlete’s foot, fungus in the toenails, calluses, corns, blisters, bunions, ingrown toenails and plantar warts. Diabetics may have nerve damage and not feel small wounds when they need treatment. Diabetics should see a podiatrist (foot doctor) every three months interval.

Skin conditions are often caused by poor blood circulation and because the body may not fight infection well. Fungal infections thrive in warm, moist folds of the skin, under the breasts, around the nails, between fingers and toes and the armpit and groin areas. Jock itch (in the genitals and thighs).

Ringworm and vaginal infections are common when blood sugar is not controlled. Diabetes may result in itching, yeast infection or poor blood circulation, especially in the feet. It is important to take professional care for your skin. Always try to keep your skin clean and dry use talcum powder and moisturizing lotions as needed.

As the major sexual problems in diabetes seem to relate mostly to intercourse, due to poor erections or lubrication which lead to painful intercourse,  experts  recommends non-intercourse sex, alternative ways of having sex may help you to overcome frustration, anxiety and could restore the desire for sex. Taking supplemental testosterone also can help regain desire for sex.

Finally if you are a diabetic and really concerned about an effective love life, then you have to keep diabetes under control and take steps to keep the total body healthy. With a healthy body and blood sugar under control, you will find that all the sexual responses will take place for satisfying sex and intimate moments.

Source: Jamica Gliner [www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20081109/out/out9.html]

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