Side effects

By kofi10 Latest Reply 2010-10-06 17:29:55 -0500
Started 2010-10-04 18:52:51 -0500

Is the loss of one's sex drive due to diabetes meds a myth or a fact? Why is depression so commonly associated with diabetics? Even though the meds on the market can help us lead a decent life.

9 replies

SkipT 2010-10-05 20:41:13 -0500 Report

Diabetes is not the only disease that depression is linked to. Remember anyone suffering with a chronic disease is a target for depression. My wife has MS, a disease linked with depression, and I have a friend who has panic attacks, also associated with depression. I could go on with diseases that are linked to depression. I personally never have let depression get to me.

kofi10 2010-10-06 17:29:55 -0500 Report

Thanks Skip! You are quite right all these diseases carry "depression status" with them. The term "depression" itself is causing more damage or harm to us than the disease.

GabbyPA 2010-10-05 08:16:28 -0500 Report

Gary would be one of the best to answer this one, but I will give it a shot. Actually, some people do suffer from both of these things. It is not always associated with diabetes as many of us who develop type 2 especially, are getting older in the first place and some of those drives are being lost with age. Keeping a healthy sex drive does depend a lot on your emotional state and the two seem to be very linked. After all, who wants to have sex when you are depressed? Funny thing is, having sex can help pull you out of depression. Just gotta love all those endorphins.

Depression is commonly linked to anyone who deals with prolonged illness or chronic disease. Not everyone, but if one is inclined to fall into disrepair or focus on the CAN'T instead of the CAN, it gets depressing. Most of us face it at sometime, but it is our attitude about it that allows us to get out of it. I consider myself a pretty positive person and try not to wallow in depression much. But I have my days when things just snap. I think it is our way of dealing with the inevitable length of what we are dealing with. I go have a boo-hoo somewhere private and move on.

There is also the physical aspect of depression that might be enhanced with dealing with diabetes. My mom suffers that. She is generally positive about her diabetes, but I can always tell if she has run out of her depression medicine.

I suppose there is a percentage of folks who would just rather be depressed about it and not deal with it. You know the ones I mean...people who just talk about all the horrible things they are going through, never looking for solutions and focusing on problems. I don't mean the ones who vent from time to time. But the ones where the sky is always dark and gloomy. There is a huge difference between venting and feeling hopelessly sorry for ourselves. I will try to help out those people, but I cannot hang around them too long or they will drag me down too.

kofi10 2010-10-05 17:21:01 -0500 Report

Thank you very much for the positive feedback on the topic. In many cases the moment you mention being diabetic the next question becaomes how is your bedroom performance?I appreciate your feedback.

GabbyPA 2010-10-05 17:24:14 -0500 Report

I guess since I was diagnosed after I was married, it really didn't become an issue. That is crummy that it should be a deciding factor. I think if everyone is honest, we all have times that are divine and other that are not so much.

poseidon43 2010-10-04 20:55:01 -0500 Report

Loss of sex drive? Definitely myth. I've never been depressed because of my diabetes, so I'm sorry I can't help with that one. I'm the opposite, I'm grateful for every day that I wake up. lol I'm grateful for every day that I get to talk to my grandson on the phone and I'm grateful that I have supportive friends and family. As for leading a decent life… only you can make it as decent or wonderful as you want it to be, I choose wonderful. It overpowers the aches, pains, fatigue, etc. lol Just remember… it could be so much worse.

kofi10 2010-10-05 17:28:11 -0500 Report

Thank you for the support and the means to look at this illness through a different set of eyes.Most importantly putting the myth to rest.