What sexual problems might I experience as a man with diabetes?

Ronald Tamler, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Half of all men with diabetes have low testosterone. This can lead to sexual dysfunction, says Ronald Tamler, MD, clinical director of the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center. In this video he describes the problem.
Sex is an important part of life and relationships. But diabetes can affect a man's sex life. It is important to understand that there is not just one reason a man with diabetes might be experiencing sexual health issues. 
  • Erectile Dysfunction: Don't be afraid to talk with your doctor about impotence, also called erectile dysfunction or ED.
  • Low Testosterone: Take the Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male (ADAM) questionnaire to assess your likelihood of having low testosterone, which often goes undiagnosed.
  • Sexual Implications of Emotional Health: Discuss feelings of stress, anxiety and sexual dysfunction with your healthcare team.

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