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Nobody mentions ED.

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by PhilipAnsell, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. PhilipAnsell

    PhilipAnsell · Newbie

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    I understand up to 70% of diabetic men can suffer so why not ?

    Every time I mention it, it's like pushing an ejector button.

    What I want to know is, can it improve ..?

    What treatment works best for people ?
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    Hi and welcome..
    In fact if you put erectile in the search box at the top of the page you'll find there have been quite a few threads on it.
    There are quite a few others too but people are often coy about the title so less easy to find.

    May I ask what Type you are as this may slightly change the advice you get but lowering errant blood glucose levels can often be helpful.
     
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  3. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    A lot of people refer to it as ED, and I don't think the search function lets you use a two letter search term.

    I'm female, so not an issue for me, but I believe that doctors can help a lot if you talk to them about it. And yes, improved blood sugar control can't do any harm.
     
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    zand Type 2 · Expert

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    One of the problems is that the term ED is also used to refer to Eating Disorders on this site.
     
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    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @PhilipAnsell .
    ED has many causes as you are probably aware.
    As far as diabetes is concerned I would think that poorly controlled diabetes maybe the biggest reason behind ED.
    Continual HbA1C isn’t good and leads to many unwanted complications. As most people on the forum will agree, a lowering of HbA1C is hugely beneficial on so many fronts. ED and stress being on the list.
    Nerve damage can be a complication of high blood sugar, this can be a cause of ED. The sooner continual high blood sugar is bought under control the better the outcome and possible reversal of nerve damage.
    Stress, although not unique to diabetes can also be a huge factor in ED. Diabetes as a 24/7 condition is obviously at times a very stressful condition for all of us.
    As a T1 diabetic my only times of suffering with ED have been when blood sugar drops too low, hypo territory.
    Hypo and your body prioritises. Obtaining and maintaining an erection doesn’t come high up the list of priorities unfortunately.
    It is obviously a sensitive subject. Obviously there maybe a whole host of other reasons for ED and not necessarily diabetes related.
    I would suggest ensuring that you cover all the bases with regards to diabetes ie. HbA1C and stress. If the problem still exists then further investigation by your GP may be your next port of call.
     
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  6. PhilipAnsell

    PhilipAnsell · Newbie

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    Thank you for all your responses. I've just found out I'm T2 but have been for over 5 years. It was a number of symptoms that got me to visit the doctor only to be told it's my age, my imagination, and only on visiting 3rd doc did he look at my notes and previous test from 5 years prior and tell me.
    Now being treated I am keen to know if this is it now or if improvement is possible.
    I had an HbA1c 2 months ago of 98. I know I am improving so hopefully next test will be encouraging.
     
  7. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    There are lots of dietary changes that you could make which will assist in lowering your blood sugar levels.

    Have a read of the intro thread

    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/basic-information-for-newly-diagnosed-diabetics.26870/

    to get some insights and please feel free to ask any further questions you might have.
    98 mmol/m is a fairly high level so you should be able to improve that significantly with a lower or very low carb diet.
     
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  8. Route 66

    Route 66 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Improvements are always possible as you drop your BG levels.

    98 is quite high. Have you got a meter? If not, it may be wise to get one so that you can see what effect different foods have on you and you can get an idea how your Hba1C is coming down or otherwise.

    Good Luck.
     
  9. PhilipAnsell

    PhilipAnsell · Newbie

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    Hi,
    Yep, radical diet change and new exercise regime and I am testing regularly and seeing big improvements in levels. Thank you for your encouragement.

    My query,: is it reasonable to hope for some restoration of function ?

    And my observation that every professional I have broached the subject with, does not want to indulge a moments conversation about it ...?
    Surely they understand it's no more embarrassing for them than it is for me and it's going to be causing some anxiety.
     
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    Mike D Type 2 · Expert

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    Men are generally hopeless the world over in even raising the subject ... I know guys who won't even consider a five second prostate exam. That can take your life, ED won't. But I understand the frustrations.
     
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