Diabetes and your penis

Discussion in 'The Healthy Penis' started by sounder1, May 15, 2009.

  1. sounder1

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    I've had diabetes for some time now. Getting and maintaining a really good hardon is challenge. However, orgasms are still good and cumming even with a semi or even flacid are very pleasureable. I'm sure that there are plenty of members to LPSG who are diabetic. How do you handle this problem?
     
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    I am diabetic, secondary diabetes caused by an illness, and I am on insulin. What you are suffering from is small blood vessel damage caused by not managing your blood sugar levels adequately. Such damage is irreversable. Beyond losing erections, you are also damaging your eyes, kidneys and the extremes of your body, especially your feet. You do not want to be sexless, and you certainly don't want to be on dialysis or go blind.

    The key is to manage your blood sugar. Diabetes educators do not give diabetics accurate information. The two-hour post prandial target is really 6 to 8 mmol/l, and the faasting target is really 4 to 6 mmol/l. The HBA1c target is 5.5% or less. Diabetics are actually told 9 mmol/l for the two-hour reading, sometimes 10, but those are way too high.

    If you can keep within these targets, and keep your HBA1c at less than 6% (ideally less than 5.5%), you will not deteriorate further.

    Exercise is the key: on insulin or not you must exercise for a minimum of thirty minutes every single day. Diet is important in regards to GI, but exercise is more important to help avoid those damaging blood sugar peaks and keep your blood sugar range within the tolerance band.
     
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    I also am diabetic and on insulin. I agree alot with cbrmale. It could however be something more depending on any other symptoms you have. I recently learned that my diabetes is actually much more than that, I also have what's called Cushings Syndrome and trouble getting or maintaining an erection is one of the symptoms. I luckily dont' have that symptom yet. You may want to mention this to your doctor or endocrinologist.
     
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    insulin and meds may cause a problem with prowess. please don't assume the rest of us can maintain the "numbers" cbrmale has. my MD feels I am dealing effectively with my diabetes even though the numbers are higher. I'll never have a 5.5 AiC in my life.

    p.s.: I'm a "real" type II diabetic with a family history of diabetes. It's not from eating and drinking like a pig. when pre-diabetic, I often suffered hypoglycemic episodes with readings as low as 60.

    hope none of you readers have to live with this disorder.
     
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    Thanks guys. I was beginning to believe that LPSG members were in denial about diabetes since it took so long before anyone posted. Glad that you posted your comments.

    My diabetes so far does not require insulin. I exercise and eat small mini meals 5 times a day instead of two or three big meals and I have lost some weight although I never was really overweight. So far this has worked for me and I hope it continues to do so.

    However, I'm still looking for information about what you guys do to help with erections. Viagra, etc., cock rings, and so on.
     
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    I too was a full blown uncontroled diabetic. I was on metforman, glucopodge, and actos and still could not manage my blood glucose numbers. My primary care Dr said the next step was injectable insolin. I also was about 100 lbs overweight and just couldn't get rid of the extra weight, extra weight that I had for over 40 years. Last spring I had the RNY Gastric Bypass surgery. This surgery bypasses about 150mm of the small intestin, called the dounadonium. That's the part that absorbs the sugar. So now my diabetes is totaly cured with A1C numbers of 5.5 and daily glucose numbers around 95. I have lost 110lbs and look and feel great. My erections are better than ever with no problems getting hard or shooting cum. FAA was fine with all this and renewed my flight physical to put me back on flying statis. Check it out guys. The only proven cure for diabetes is surgury. It works.
     
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    The improvement of B/S numbers usually will have some positive effect, but, as with the many causes of ED the only thing to do effectively with the ED is to treat the ED as ED and not as a secondary result of something else. Anyone dealing with this is going to have ED problems and the idea is after getting those numbers under control to get the erections back.

    Though I am working with an MD on this issue, the best guys to deal with this right now is a worldwide medical group called "Boston Medical". They specialize in treating ED only. They are not perfect and they are expensive, but, in general these guys are better at it than the average MD who do not know what is out there AND they hand out the inneffective orals as if they were candy when in fact the orals have far more systemic effects and danger than the injectables. Go to Boston Med to get this fixed and even though Boston Med is expensive, in the end they will fix the problem and save you money.
     
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    This is incorrect, and doctors always recommend higher blood sugar numbers than are optimal. What I posted is optimal and what you should be aiming for, and you must also be aiming for a HBA1C of 5.5% as soon as possible. If you cannot get to this result with your current regime, you should switch to insulin. Insulin is VERY hard to manage, but the positive health outcomes once you master insulin make it worthwhile

    Insulin and diabetes medications have no effect on erection hardness, but blood vessel damage caused by high blood sugar do.
     
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    This is what I wanted - discussion. Keep it up. I'm sure there are plenty of LPSG members who have diabetes and are not comfortable discussing their condition. Maybe this will help us face our condition and improve our lot. Thx guys. Keep it up.
     
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    I've been Type II for around 8 years, thanks to my family genentics. My A1C was 13 when I was diagnosed. I jumped on the health band wagon. I lost around 20lbs, do cardio when can. I take my pills, eat right and I also take L-arginine. My penis is harder now than five years ago
     
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    There was a thread that about this in the past where I contibuted.

    Perhaps this will help: Diabetes and ED
     
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    i know one he had HbA1c of 12.1 and one year later he had 6.1 ...
     
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    Sam,

    It is so good to see your posts once again. missed you man!!!
    I can attest that the link Sam has posted has some very in depth information on Diabetes and ED so do yourself a favor and read it, pass it along, help someone who is in this situation.
     
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    Glad to run across this. Ive been diagnosed type 2 about 2 years and have been trying to stay on diet but haven't excersized much if any. also suffer from depression and PTSD caused by a traumatic injury suffered in an accident. Anyway I've noticed since getting away from sugar that sometimes I get extremely hard and stay that way even after coming, it's like I've taken viagra but haven't. whats up with that, not complaining but my partner thinks Im not satisfied but i am. also did take viagra at first but it seemed to work sometimes and other times not at all. right now going thru sugar crazes im trying to fight off. I know I know get to exercising. having a partner 20 years younger than me helps lol
     
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    Holy Crap, NO. There is no cure for diabetes, there is only treatment. Surgery to reduce your weight could have cured you from something like Syndrome X, which tends to cause insulin insensitivity in your tissues, but you can't just cure diabetes by losing weight.

    Additionally, "sugar" is absorbed throughout the small intestine, whether in the duodenum, the jejunum and the ileum.

    OP - see your doctor and discuss the problems you've been having. Diabetes severely affects your small arteries, of which the penile artery and it's derivatives are. It's thought that the excessive glycosylation of blood cells and vessels and endothelium throughout the body is what can cause the problems of diabetes.

    Good luck...
     
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    Well finding this thread seems to be an important thing in my life. I know my family (fathers mother) had Diabetes at an old age and passed because of it. My mother is a little over her weight for her height and the doctor just told her she is borderline Diabetic. I don't know if I am. To make things short, I need to a portable tester, as well as education, to test and see if I am diabetic. If there is an easy way to start-off with before getting tested through a doctor; I think it would be best to do to accommodate for the optimal time to test. I work a physically demanding job which may be playing a part in my life.
     
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    DIDDY-- I stand by my statement. The cure for type 2 diabetes is RNY Gastric Bypass surgery. The part of the small intestin is bypassed and that is the part that absorbes the sugar. I was in the hospitel three days and went home completely free of all diabetes meds. I recieved surgery to cure my diabetes, fix high blood pressure, and get off all the colosterol satin meds. The weight loss was a nice side benifit but was NOT the main reason for the surgery. The main reason was to cure my diabetes. It is MAJOR surgery and there are many hoops to go through before one is approved for surgery. I suggest you do some internet research on RNY Gastric Bypass surgury and you'll see that this is infact true. It was the best thing I ever did for myself, my only regret was waiting so long to have the surgery. Check it out, educate yourself and you'll see that I'm right. Captain Hornet
     
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    Look, you can stand by your story all you want, but my guess is that you haven't been to medical school. Roux-en-Y is a great surgery, but there is NOTHING that cures diabetes.

    NIDDM (or Type 2 Diabetes) is a condition that can be due to resistance of the insulin produced by the pancreas in the tissues of the body, or due to decreased production of insulin, or some combination of both, amongst other factors.

    So, by bypassing much of the duodenum, you are avoiding the intake of much of the sugar and other nutrients that your body could normally absorb during eating (in addition to creating a tiny pouch of the stomach that only allows entrance of a small amount of food/liquid). But doing avoiding the uptake of all these things, you are losing the weight, reducing your cholesterol and, consequently, lowering your blood pressure.

    I don't know what country you're from, but if your doctor said they were "curing" diabetes, it was a complete lie. The reason that you are now off the meds is due to the fact that the reduced insulin load/sensitivity in your body has been appropriately corrected by the reduced load of carbohydrate intake from your small intestine.

    No offense to your internet "research", but I'm going to trust my physiology textbooks, my pathology textbooks, my pharmacology textbooks and my clinical experience before I trust your anecdotal story about a "cure" for diabetes. Cheers, Diddy.
     
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    I am hypoglaucimic and i see both parts of this debate
     
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    If diabetes runs in your family, please have yourself checked. Diabetic ecucators can be costly and are not always covered by insurance. If you a know a diabetic, and you are not sure how to do a test with a glucometer, have them do it for you. When I needed to progress to insulin injections, a fellow diabetic taught me how.

    I am sure that my diabetes came about because of high stress, working 60 to 90 hours a week, lack of sleep, and a family history of it. Please consider what you are doing to yourself as far as work and whether you need to work that much. I was finally able to cut back but only after the damage had been done. Don't place yourself in that position. Diabetes sucks. Do whatever you need to avoid it or to avoid the onset of it as long as possible.
     
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