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Is Diabetes Hurting Your Sex Life?

Answers to those questions you may feel funny about asking.

By Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, CDE, LD/N

Once diabetes enters your life, it goes with you wherever you go—even into the bedroom.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), studies estimate that 20 to 75 percent of men and 18 to 42 percent of women with diabetes experience sexual dysfunction. The most common male problems are erectile dysfunction (ED), low testosterone, and premature ejaculation. The most common female problems are vaginal dryness, reduced sexual interest, and pain during intercourse. The following information can help men, women, and couples.


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. “Diabetes and Sexual and Urologic Problems.” December 2008. Accessed October 1, 2016.

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