OK guys,It’s a sensitive issue but very relevant as most men would agree and as diabetics we are 4 times more likely to suffer in the ‘Trouser’ department than non diabetics and we are more likely to develop this problem 10-15 years earlier too as a result.
If I’m honest,back in the dark days of my mis-diagnosis when I used to run very high BG’s I had a bit of trouble in that department myself,not any more though and it’s not always doom and gloom and this problem can be reversed in a lot of cases(not all) without relying on the ‘Blue’ pill.
Below is a snippet I found on the web which demonstrates the importance of keeping a safe HbA1c if you want to keep it ‘up’.
It is part of a response to a very worried man who was struggling with this sensitive issue:
“First, what causes erectile dysfunction in diabetes? There are many causes, but the main one is nerve and blood vessel damage caused by high blood sugar. Elevated sugar levels contribute to inflammation, which can damage or kill nerves and narrow or block blood vessels, causing them to leak. Either factor can block erections.
Fortunately, we now know that lowering blood sugar allows nerves, and sometimes blood vessels, to heal and regenerate. Just as neuropathic pain in the feet often resolves as blood sugars improve, nerve function to the genitals can too.
Studies in the US, Egypt, and Italy consistently show that A1C levels are the strongest predictor of erection problems. The higher a person’s A1C, the more sexual problems he is likely to have. Your level of 7.5% is a bit high. If you could get closer to 6.5%, your sex life might improve significantly.
Talk with your doctor or educator about the best ways to do that. It will take time for the nerves to heal. Don’t expect immediate results, but over a year or so, you and your wife might be pleasantly surprised. You’ll also be protecting yourself against future complications.”
This has been my experience also,through a low carb regime I have reduced my HbA1c from 14.1% (130) down to 5.1%(31) and many issues I suffered at the hands of high BG’s have resolved and that includes the dreaded ED,I know it’s too much information but It’s an important issue that should not be ignored.