What is diabetes? Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that occurs when your blood sugar (glucose), is too high (hyperglycemia). Glucose is what the body uses for energy, and the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin that helps convert the glucose from the food you eat into energy. Diabetes is where the glucose does not reach your cells to be used for energy. When the body does not produce enough insulin, does not produce any at all, or your body becomes resistant to the insulin. Here are 5 Ways to Recognising the Diabetes Symptoms in Men.
1) Low Testosterone
The connection might not seem obvious at first, but low testosterone and diabetes often go hand in hand. Research has shown that men with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to have low testosterone as men who don’t have diabetes, which could be a complication of type 2 diabetes involving the pituitary gland.
2) Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
ED is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection. According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, men with diabetes are at risk for ED. However, it can also be a symptom of many health issues, including high blood pressure, stress, smoking and etc.
3) Damage to Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
The ANS controls the widening or constricting of the blood vessels. Thus, if the blood vessels and nerves in the penis are injured by diabetes, it will result in ED.
4) Retrograde Ejaculation
Retrograde ejaculation is a condition in which the semen goes into the bladder, rather than out of the body through the urethra. Diabetes and damage to the blood vessels cause nerve damage to the muscles that control the bladder and urethra, which results in this problem.
5) Urologic Issues
Another symptom caused by diabetic nerve damage is the urologic issues, including an overactive bladder, inability to control urination and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Since we’ve cleared up the symptoms, let’s move on to some of the ways that we can treat them.
Erectile dysfunction medications, such as tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra), and sildenafil (Viagra) may help you manage your ED. Low testosterone is a common result of diabetes in men and can cause you to lose interest in sex, there will be decreases in body mass and you may feel depressed as well. These symptoms can be treated with testosterone injections or patches and gels.
However, lifestyle changes such as exercise and a proper diet (even mixture of starches, fruits and veggies, fats and proteins, and most important of all, avoid excess sugar) can easily help you manage your blood sugar level.
Lastly, it is important to share everything with your doctor, such as changes in your sleeping pattern or other lifestyle habits. Being proactive is vital as well. Get a blood test to check your blood glucose level if you are experiencing ED or other well-known diabetes complications.