“It got to the stage where if my wife tried to hold my hand I would pull away.
If she tried to talk about it I would lose my temper and tell her she didn’t know what she was talking about. We were very, very close to splitting up.
“When I eventually plucked up the courage to visit my doctor, He told me that as I had undergone some operations on my back many years ago, I shouldn’t be trying to have sex anyway.
“I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes ten years’ ago but had never been warned the condition might lead to impotence.”
Researchers in Chicago say men diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to express a lack of interest in sex, but also to experience erectile dysfunction.
Scientists at the University of Chicago Medical Center conducted a study of nearly 2,000 people between the ages of 57 and 85.
The study found that about 70% of men and 62% of women with diabetes and sexual partners were found to engage in sexual activity two or three times a month — comparable to people without diabetes.
The study also found that:
- Men were more likely to express a lack of interest in sex if they had diabetes.
- Men also were more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction if they had diabetes.
- Women as well as men with diabetes reported a higher rate of orgasm difficulty, including climaxing too quickly for men, or not at all, which was reported by both men and women.
- Only 19% of women compared to 47% of men, all with diabetes, had discussed sexual problems with a doctor, and men were more likely to talk about it than women.
- Men in the study regardless of age or diabetes status were more likely than women to be married or living with a partner, and more men than women said they were sexually active.
“Patients and doctors need to know that most middle age and older adults with partners are still sexually active despite their diabetes,” says study researcher Stacy Lindau, MD, associate professor obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago, in a news release. “However, many people with diabetes have sexual problems that are not being addressed.”
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