Fearful about the effects on type 1 diabetic on two important areas of my life.

By gifmac Latest Reply 2015-03-19 17:56:23 -0500
Started 2015-03-13 21:18:31 -0500

Thank you friends, this forum is like a family to me! I'm 21. I'm very fearful about the effects of diabetes 1 on these two areas of my life : my ability to continue playing in competitive sports (Soccer), and have a fulfilling sexual life.

A friend of mine that was diagnosed earlier with type diabetes one abstained from marriage because she believe it is impossible to have a satisfying sexual life as diabetes type one patient. Is it possible to manage incidences of low blood sugar, and loss of sensation successfully, and have a satisfying sexual life as a diabetic patient?

I have quit playing competitive soccer since a got diagnosed last year because of the fear of having low blood sugar during game. Is it possible to manage your sugar level successfully and still engage on your favorite hobbies, such as playing sports?

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Type1Lou 2015-03-19 17:56:23 -0500 Report

There are many professional athletes who are also Type 1 diabetics. There is a list on this Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sportspe.... Here are also some names: Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Gary Hall Jr; NFL Quarteback Jay Cutler; NHL Hockey player Nick Boynton; LPGA golfer Kelli Kuehne; Baseball pitchers Dustin McGowan and mark Lowe, outfielder Sam Fuld and NBA player Gary Forbes.

One of my favorite authors on diabetes is Gary Scheiner who is himself a Type 1 as well as an exercise physiologist. He serves on the board of the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association. His book "Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes With Insulin" might be a help to you.

As for a fulfilling sex life, I don't think my diabetes has impeded my libido nor my enjoyment of sex. I was diagnosed at age 27 and am now 65 and have been with my second husband these past 35 years. We are still enjoying one another although we may have slowed down a bit but that is most likely due to age…he does not have diabetes. With determination, the right choices and a good medical team to guide you, you can have it all.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2015-03-18 22:40:50 -0500 Report

You should know that diabetes doesn't have to stand in your way of doing anything you wish to do in life. You DO have to stay on top of your diabetes management in order to do these things but you shouldn't not do them because of fear.

jayabee52 2015-03-14 01:28:39 -0500 Report

Howdy Mac
I am glad you feel comfortable here!

You may wish to rethink your cessation of soccer. You may be aware that exercise brings one's BG (blood glucose) down so follow what this advisory suggests: "Before you start, test. It's OK if you're running a tad high—say, 160 mg/dl—because exercising will bring your level down. But it's not safe to exercise with type 1 if you have ketones in your urine or blood because that can drive the body toward the dangerous and sometimes life-threatening condition diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). A blood glucose reading over 250 warrants a ketone check. If you have ketones in your urine, drink water, dose insulin as prescribed, and wait to exercise until your body clears the ketones."

There is a lot more here ~ http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2012/jul/endu...

Regarding the sexual question you may find some helpful info here ~ http://www.soc.ucsb.edu/sexinfo/article/sex-a...

Goe's best to you

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