Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas, which produces the hormone insulin, cannot or does not produce enough insulin at all. Insulin plays a key role in regulating blood sugar – a sugar that the bloodstream carries to all cells in the body for energy. Although this faulty mechanism may seem relatively benign at first, over time consistently high blood sugar can increase your risk of developing life-threatening complications such as heart disease.

To avoid the risks of high blood sugar, you must first recognize the warning signs associated with diabetes to determine if you have it.

The problem is, because the illness doesn’t necessarily make you feel bad, it’s easily overlooked or mistaken for a less serious illness.

However, consistently high blood sugar levels can cause a number of acute symptoms, one of which is related to sexual health.

Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause sexual problems called sexual dysfunction, according to Diabetes UK.

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Highlighting the impact and prevalence of this symptom in people already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a Dutch study of more than 700 people aged 40 to 75 found that 41.1% of men were sexually dissatisfied, and among them, 71.6% cited erectile dysfunction. as the main problem.

Study Director Dr Anne Bijlsma-Rutte, Department of General Medicine and Elderly Care Medicine at VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, said: “The high prevalence of sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction sexual in people with [type 2 diabetes] emphasizes the importance of discussing these issues in diabetes care.

“However, the identification and discussion of sexual problems and possible care needs currently appear insufficient. For example, it was found that 66 percent of men with [type 2 diabetes] reported never having been asked about sexual problems by their GP.

How to treat erectile dysfunction

In the short term, therapy or counseling to help you manage erectile dysfunction can be a useful tool, regardless of the underlying cause, says Diabetes UK.

However, growing evidence suggests that drastically reducing your intake of starchy foods, such as pasta, can lead to a significant reduction in blood sugar levels, as foods high in carbohydrates cause blood sugar levels to skyrocket.

Exercise can also help lower blood sugar levels and has the added benefit of helping you lose weight, improve blood pressure and cholesterol, other markers of heart disease.

According to the NHS, you should aim for 2.5 hours of any activity that makes you breathless per week.

What are the main symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

Common symptoms include:

  • Urinate more than usual, especially at night
  • Be thirsty all the time
  • Feeling very tired
  • Lose weight without trying to
  • Itching around the penis or vagina, or repeated yeast infection
  • Cuts or wounds that take longer to heal
  • Blurred vision