Lovemaking and Diabetes: A Surprising Connection
Many men with diabetes often experience difficulties with their love-making “apparatus,” impacting romance with their partner. In fact, this problem affects at least 50% of men with diabetes. So if you are among the 1 in 3 Americans over the age of 20 who has pre-diabetes or among the 1 in 4 adults over the age of 65 with full-blown diabetes, you’ll want to avoid or reverse your diabetes before you develop this serious issue.
Where does this apparatus problem come from? As any adult male knows, in order to initiate and complete lovemaking, a man needs to have the ability to achieve and maintain a certain “tautness of the organ,” shall we say. Not being able to have this ability is one of the most bothersome complications of diabetes in men because sexual activity is an important part of an enjoyable and healthy life. This also has psychological consequences in many men, who often let it affect their self-image. In addition, diabetic males with this problem are considered a “difficult-to-treat” population because depression is highly prevalent in both patients and their partners.
The Mechanics of Tautness
How does diabetes impact the man’s function exactly? We have to start with understanding the “mechanics” of tautness. It is most often initiated as a result of arousal, when signals are transmitted from the brain to the organ via the nerve cells in the spinal cord. Like brake fluid passing through pipelines in a car, there is a “hydraulic” effect of blood fluid entering the organ, where it is retained in sponge-like bodies within it.
Chemicals in the body play a role. The arousal reflex can originate in the brain or locally at or near the organ through stimulation. Either way, it results in the release of nitric oxide, which relaxes tiny muscle fibers in the walls of vessels that supply blood to the organ, thus allowing the flow of more blood. Nitric oxide also relaxes muscles in three structures in the organ that are like tubular balloons so they can become filled with blood to produce tautness. Certain medications are found to prolong the action of nitric oxide by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for its degradation.
How is the lack of tautness linked to diabetes?
What is the link between diabetes and the inability to make love? Why is this so highly prevalent in men with long-term diabetes?
It can start within 10 years of the diagnosis of diabetes and the risk increases with having a long-standing diabetic condition. The fact that this condition affects as many, if not more, men with type 1 diabetes compared to type 2 diabetes means “insulin resistance,” usually considered to be the cause of type 2 diabetes and not present in type 1 diabetes, is not responsible for the development of this condition.
In my opinion, the link between diabetes and difficulty in lovemaking is the result of the process called glycation. Ordinarily, glucose molecules get attached to many proteins in the body. For example, the A1C blood test measures the percent of glucose attached red-blood cell (hemoglobin) molecules. Prolonged attachment of glucose to a significant amount of proteins on the spinal cord could render nerve cells that are in charge of executing nitric oxide release non-functional. In addition, glycation of proteins on cells that manufacture and release nitric oxide or responds to nitric oxide could also produce the same problem.
The way to preserve your lovemaking ability
My approach to preserving tautness is based on reducing or eliminating the glycation process that occurs in your body due to high blood sugar. Effectively, this means lowering your blood sugar to normal levels. But, how?
In my book Eat Chew Live, I propose a new theory on the cause of high blood sugar: the over consumption of grains and grain-based products—breads, muffins, pastries, cakes, pastas, noodles, pizza, corn, rice, bread stuffing, and sauces and other foods made with grain flour. The over consumption of complex carbohydrates over years of time floods your body with triglycerides that eventually fill your fat cells. With nowhere to go, more triglycerides break down into fatty acids, which your muscles begin burning rather than glucose, much like what happens inside the engine of a hybrid automobile that can burn gasoline or use electricity. This can leave glucose in the bloodstream, regardless of your insulin status.
The upshot of my theory is that if you eliminate grains and grain-based products as much as possible from your diet, you will substantially lower blood sugar and thus stop the process of glycation, which will improve your ability to make love. Although not tested in a controlled study, anecdotal evidence from readers of my book has demonstrated that my advice to avoid grain products does indeed lower blood sugar.
Since grains are not an essential source of food for humans, this dietary change should not adversely affect your sensations of hunger or satiation, before a meal or during a meal, respectively. Don’t be distracted by experts who claim glucose is an important nutrient or that “whole grains” are a good source of fiber. Your body can easily get the amount of glucose and fiber it needs from fruits and vegetables. In place of grains, focus on eating a variety of fresh produce and nuts. Include some meats and dairy if you want. Add spices to the food and chew slowly to savor the flavors—and you will find that you can eat your meals with very few grain products. Whole potatoes (not mashed), yams, legumes (beans), and lentils are good substitutes for rice, corn, breads, and other grains.
If you have been recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, or you have recently started to experience inability to achieve tautness, time is of essence. You want to make the dietary changes I recommend because any intervention has to happen before irreversible structural changes have happened in your cells that cannot be rectified by lowering your blood sugar.
I am confident that my approach is your best option, whether you are a type 1 or type 2 diabetic, without resorting to years of medications. Changing your diet is truly an effective, long-term, natural solution to give your cells a chance to function normally in releasing nitric oxide and responding to it when arousal stirs.
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