Men’s Health Week – Sex and Diabetes


Sex is an important part of relationships of adults of all ages.

An unfulfilling sex life can lead to feelings of guilt and rejection, causing problems within a relationship. As people grow older, they might think reduced sex life is normal and acceptable. That might be the case. However, do you know Diabetes may have an impact on sexual problems such as lack of sexual desire, low sexual satisfaction, and erectile dysfunction?

Having Diabetes doesn’t mean you will automatically have a problem. However, more than 50% of men who have diabetes for 10years are troubled by erectile dysfunction. This is because diabetes can damage the blood vessels and nervous system, causing reduced blood flow and loss of sensation to sexual organs. This can contribute to vaginal dryness in women and erection difficulties in men. Men with diabetes may also lose their sexual desire when their blood glucose levels are high. Other problems associated with diabetes – such as heart disease, high cholesterol, depression –can also increase the chances of sexual dysfunction in people with diabetes.

A sexual problem can be very difficult to discuss. Standard education from Credentialed Diabetes Educators such as myself generally does not include topics such as Sex and Diabetes. The information covered in standard education is: sexual activities can cause low blood glucose level because it is a form of exercise. This is the only piece of information provided and it is only offered to people with Diabetes on Insulin.

In order to reduce the risk of having this problem, people with Diabetes are encouraged to keep their blood glucose level within a target. This is achieved by 3monthly blood test HbA1c, healthy eating and exercise, blood glucose self-monitoring as required, 6monthly medication review, minimal yearly Diabetes Educator review.

Diabetes Queensland also suggest:

  1. thinking it might go away will only delay treatment and probably make things more strained with your partner.
  2. Sexual problems are the same as any other medical problem. Make an appointment for you and your partner to visit your doctor or diabetes educator to discuss your concerns about how it can be treated. Learn about the condition: Finding out as much as you can about the condition and its treatment will bring positive results for you and your partner and improve your sense of wellbeing.


What is diabetes?
The causes of Diabetes?
Blood Glucose Monitoring/ HbA1c
Diabetes Complications
Annual Cycle of care
Diabetes Management goal setting
Healthy eating
Diabetes and Exercise
Carb counting/Label Reading
Carb Insulin Ratio
Insulin Sensitivity
Insulin Action
Diabetes and Alcohol
Diabetes and smoking
Travel with Diabetes
Sick Day Management Plan
School Plan

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