For men and women alike, diabetes can cause or put them at risk for a wide range of unwanted health problems. This includes heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and vision loss, among other issues. For guys with diabetes, however, the condition can manifest itself in frustrating and embarrassing ways. Specifically, it is not unusual for men with diabetes to experience erectile dysfunction (ED) and other sexual health issues.
ED is an issue millions of men deal with, whether they have diabetes or not. As many as 30 million American men have it. But men with diabetes are three times more likely than others to develop problems getting and keeping an erection. There are many reasons for such a troubling statistic. The increased risk of heart disease is one factor, as ED is often an early warning sign of blood vessel problems associated with heart disease.
Another underlying cause behind many cases of ED is low testosterone. Low T, as it is sometimes called, is twice as common in men with diabetes as it is in other men. While testosterone therapy is a common treatment, it can increase blood pressure and make low blood sugar worse in people with diabetes. Taking testosterone may help you have normal erections or help ED medicine work better. It can also make low blood sugar worse and increase blood pressure, so discuss any Low T treatments with your healthcare team to ensure that it makes sense in the context of your diabetes.
Other Male Health Issues Associated With Diabetes
In addition to increasing the likelihood of ED, nerve damage arising from diabetes can cause male health issues, including:
- Overactive bladder (needing to urinate often, urinating often at night, leaking urine)
- Male incontinence (leaking urine)
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Retrograde ejaculation (semen is released into the bladder)
Men experiencing ED, sexual health issues, or other problems should work closely with their physicians to develop an effective course of treatment and minimize nerve or blood vessel damage. Maintain all of the fundamentals of a healthy diabetic lifestyle as well, including a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and vigilant blood glucose monitoring.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring As Part Of Your Healthy Lifestyle
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is a tested, approved, and easy-to-use transceiver device that helps men and women with diabetes stay in control of their condition and their lives without the need for inconvenient and burdensome finger-pricking multiple times a day.
If you have recently received a diagnosis of diabetes, ask your doctor about CGM and contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.