Neuropathy, Diabetes, and Sex
A major form of diabetic nerve damage manifests as sexual dysfunction. When nerves are injured by high sugar or poor blood flow, sex lives can suffer.
In men, sexual neuropathy can cause loss of desire, loss of erections, or inability to orgasm. In women, nerve damage can diminish lubrication, pleasure, orgasm, and relaxation. So what can we do about it?
The first treatment is to get blood sugar levels down. A study at the Cleveland VA hospital showed that A1C levels were the single best predictor of erectile dysfunction (ED).
The big news is that there was “a significant correlation of neuropathy with hemoglobin A1C, but not with patient age, duration of diabetes, or [blood pressure medicines].” That means if people get their A1C levels down, in most cases their neuropathy, including sexual function, improves dramatically. We have lots of articles on lowering glucose through diet (especially low-carb diets), exercise, medications, and herbs on this site.