Diabetes Linked to Sexual Dysfunction in Women, Says New Study
Are you overweight?A recent report revealed that “women with diabetes are at risk for sexual problems as a result of their condition. One study showed that approximately 18 percent of women with type one diabetes and 42 percent of women with type two diabetes have some degree of sexual dysfunction. Another study indicated that as many as 64 percent of menopausal women with type two diabetes have sexual problems, while approximately 41 percent of pre-menopausal women with type two diabetes have sexual issues.”
The main complaints cited were the lack of arousal in general and increased discomfort when having sex. In addition, it was noted that women were less likely to discuss these issues with their physician. When feeling out-of-sorts and out-of-touch with one’s body, a partner or a doctor, what can be done to fix the issue?
Your physician and the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org can help you by answering many of your questions. Online communities provide additional support with others who are facing the same issues. A couple of internet searches will yield vast amounts of good information for you as well as maintaining your confidentiality.
You probably already know that it is recommended to maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, keep your blood sugar levels within range and eat a wholesome diet. Incorporating healthy lifestyle habits, even if they are very small at first, will help your body to function better in everything that you do.
So instead of feeling worried, sluggish or unattractive, make it your goal to adopt a new habit or two. Work in harmony with your body to feel stimulated and alive, however you can work it into your schedule. To get started, download this free eWorkbook to find out how to design your own healthy habits program.
At home, let your food start to become a sensual pleasure for you and your partner. Try some of these ideas to get you both in the mood:
Cook food that releases a comforting smell. What reminds you both of relaxing, warm, home-style, loving feelings? Could you both benefit from the delicious aroma of a roast chicken or colorful vegetable stir fry with an oriental touch? Was there something you ate before a romantic encounter together that brings back memories?
Spice it up! Exotic is erotic. History shows that numerous spices, herbs and vegetables have been considered to be aphrodisiacs. Even potatoes, when new to Europe in the 16th century, were considered erotic. You may consider a curry dish, Thai dish or even try serving food on black, shiny plates. Ethiopian food is eaten with your fingers by rolling it up into flat bread – how inviting!
Be a health nut. Healthy is sexy and will turn you both on. A healthy table is inviting and visually pleasing. Even if you are short on time, your food can be colorful, organic, fresh and well prepared. A fruit plate arranged in a seductive manner, perhaps?
Making food your friend is about celebrating the use of all of your senses. Being healthy does not have to be boring and managing difficulties around loss of sex drive due to diabetes does not have to be a lonely affair. A sense of community support, patience, understanding and an openness to new ways of feeling pleasure will get you back on track.
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