Diabetes In Bedroom: Scarier Than Halloween?

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Halloween can be frightening, from the haunted houses to the trick-or-treating ghosts and goblins. But for some, there is something that is much scarier than Halloween: diabetes in the bedroom.

Sexual dysfunction is a diabetes complication for both men and women. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), fluctuation in hormone and blood glucose levels, depression, and nerve damage all contribute to sexual dysfunction. But lack of awareness from this lesser known diabetes side effect can lead to unnecessary anxiety, embarrassment, and fearfulness.

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"Intimacy and diabetes is a scary topic to many," commented Ann L. Albright, PhD, RD, ADA's President, Health Care and Education. "Diabetes is a leading cause of sexual dysfunction. Many people are reluctant to talk to either their partner or doctor about it but the fact is that in many cases sexual dysfunction can be overcome successfully."

The American Diabetes Association provides a three-step approach to help alleviate fears associated with diabetes and sexual dysfunction:

-- Start with yourself -- You can lower the risk for sexual dysfunction or alleviate the condition if you already have it.

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