diabetes and intimacy

By sexyswamprat Latest Reply 2009-11-13 05:46:31 -0600
Started 2008-10-21 12:02:38 -0500

I was reading a interesting article in diabetic living about the relationship between diabetes and intimacy.

What I found interesting was "If your sexual feeling have changed or if intercourse has become uncomfortable, your diabetes could be the cause. Sexual complications can develope when blood glusoce levels remain elevated for months or years. Experts estiamte that 75% of men and 35% of women with diabetes experience some sexual problems due to diabetic neuropathy or never damage. The good new? Research has shown that individuals who achieve good diabetes control(blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides levels) lower their risk for diabetes-related sexual problems."

About 2 years ago sex, and anything related to it, was the last thing on my mind. This caused many, many fights between me and my husband. This was never a problem for the first 9 years we were together. When I found out I was diabetic and how high ALL my levels were it never occurred to me that diabetes was in anyway connected to my lack of intimacy. Now that all my levels are under control we are totally back to the relationship we had for the first 9 years. This leads me to believe, that for me, my diabetes was to blame.

Diabetic living has suggested these website and books for anyone that has questions about the relationship between the two.


Sex, Intimacy and Diabetes
The Secrets of Living and LOving with Diabetes
Sex and Diabetes

I thought this was a very interesting topic and could be effecting more people other than just me. I hope if you feel that this may be a issue for you that this information will help.


7 replies

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2009-11-12 15:59:28 -0600 Report

Some folks have been asking me again about this topic lately. I wanted to point out that intimacy/ relationships is a big issue for people with any chronic illness. Here are two posts I wrote on diabetes and dating:



And also, here's a great new blog specifically on sex and relationships with diabetes:


Best to All,

JustNicholas 2009-11-13 02:10:46 -0600 Report

At one time I was a very popular young man. The sex drive has gone down hill and with heart disease and all, and that I will be 65 soon (May), what's the point anyway. Just use the cards you are dealt

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-10-23 06:05:26 -0500 Report

I haven't wanted sex in a llooonnnggg… time. I didn't know that diabetis could be related. Before my sugars went up my sex level was better than normal. Thanks for the heads up… Leigh

sisson 2008-10-21 16:25:47 -0500 Report

We Can talk about this in Private if you don't mind. Take care

Anonymous 2008-10-22 06:35:15 -0500 Report

I really think this should be a topic for private e-mails. We have kids that come in here. Then there will not be any problems.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2009-11-13 05:46:31 -0600 Report

I would agree with you, Anonymous, if the posts were explicit in anyway. They're not…

And this is a problem that affects many of us. I think it's a fair topic for appropriate discussion.

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