The consequences of badly managed diabetes make up a very long list. Sexual and bladder complications are today's pick from this list.
Sexual and bladder problems are common as people age but diabetes can speed up that up giving you trouble at a much earlier age.
Complications may include:
- Trouble having or relishing sex
- Leaking urine
- Trouble emptying your bladder normally
Sugar spikes in your blood damage your blood vessels which in turn leads to sexual and bladder problems. Keeping your blood glucose levels in your target range is an important way to prevent harm to your blood vessels and nerves.
Are both sexes affected?
Both genders may develop sexual problems from diabetes.
Common male complications:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Retrograde ejaculation
- Penile curvature
- Low testosterone
- Fertility Problems
Common female complications:
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful intercourse
- Decreased libido
- Low or absent sexual response. 5. Yeast and bladder infections
- Fertility problems
Common bladder complications in both genders:
- Overactive bladder
- Leaking urine
- Urinary tract infections.
Factors that increase the chances of sexual or urologic problems include:
- Poor glucose control (sugar spikes)
- Poor blood pressure control
- High cholesterol levels
- Lack of physical activity
What can I do to prevent diabetes-related sexual and urologic problems?
Managing your diabetes can help prevent nerve damage and other diabetes problems
that can lead to sexual and bladder problems. With your health care team, you can
help prevent and treat your sexual or bladder control problems by:
- Keeping your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels close to your target numbers
- Physical activity
- Keeping a healthy weight
- Quitting smoking if you smoke
- Getting help for any emotional or psychological problems
Sex is a physical activity, so be sure to check your blood glucose level before and
after sex, especially if you take insulin. Both high blood glucose levels and low blood
glucose levels can cause problems during sex. Counseling may also be helpful when you notice changes in your sexual function or desire. These types of changes are very common as people age or adjust to health problems. If you have a partner, he or she also may be an important member of your health care team. You may find it helpful to share your concerns and have that person join you at the doctor’s office or at counseling. Your friends and family may also be able to support you if you’re having bladder problems.
Managing your sugar spikes is one of the very important preventative measures you can do to help yourself avoid a long list of complications.
This article has been written by Yasmine Darwish, a friend of Spike :-)