How To Keep Sex Alive And Well When You Have Diabetes

How to keep sex alive and well when you have diabetes

How to keep sex alive and well when you have diabetes

A chronic illness has a way of throwing a wrench into many aspects of our lives, including sex.
Type 2 diabetes is one such disease in which sexuality is commonly affected and difficulties experienced by both men and women with this condition. Not only can this disease cause sexual complications for both genders, but it can also cause gender-specific issues.
Sexuality issues affecting both men and women
There are several common sexuality problems shared by both men and women with type 2 diabetes. One is a decrease in libido, or loss of sex drive. Low libido in type 2 diabetes can be a result of:
Side effects of medications for high blood pressure or depression
Extreme fatigue
Lack of energy
Hormonal changes
Stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage associated with diabetes, can cause numbness, pain, or lack of feeling in the genitals. This may also inhibit the ability to have an orgasm or to feel sexual stimulation. The side effects of diabetic neuropathy may make sex painful or unenjoyable.
To combat the issue of type 2 diabetes negatively affecting a couple's sex life, communication is important. Couples need to open up and feel free to talk about the issue and to seek out a solution to the problem by discussing this with their primary care physician.
Sexuality issues affecting men with type 2 diabetes
The most widely reported sexuality issue by men is erectile dysfunction (ED). Occasionally, a man may first be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when he seeks out treatment for ED. ED is a condition commonly found in men wi Continue reading

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Fresh Fruit Protects Against Diabetes

Fresh Fruit Protects Against Diabetes

Often we hear that eating fruit is bad for our blood sugar – or that a type-2 diabetic shouldn’t eat fruit. Well, this is just plain wrong.
The notion that fresh fruit – or certain types of fresh fruit – increases our blood sugar too high is faulty. And the assumption that fruit contains too much fructose and fructose is bad for us is also erroneous.
How can we say this with certainty? Scientific evidence.
The reality is that eating all types of fresh fruits can help prevent type 2 diabetes and it also helps improve a type-2 diabetic’s condition.
Let’s discuss some hard research evidence that proves this out.
Large study proves diabetes risk lowered with fruit
A 2017 study followed 512,891 adults from regions throughout China. The researchers followed the participants for seven years. They tracked their diets and in particular, their consumption of fresh fruit. The researchers screened for both types of diabetes at the beginning and at the end of the study. Note that both types of diabetes include type 1 and type 2, though type 1 only comprised about 0.2 percent of cases in this study. The researchers also vascular disease and mortality.
The researchers found that only 19 percent of the adults consumed fresh fruit daily, and 6.4 percent never or rarely ate fresh fruit. Those who rarely or never ate fresh fruit had three times the incidence of diabetes at the beginning of the study.
Among those who didn’t have diabetes at the beginning of the study, eating fresh fruit reduced the incidence of diabetes by 12 percent. Eating fresh fruit also reduced the reduced t Continue reading

JDRF Invests in TetraGenetics’ Innovative Approach to Type 1 Diabetes Prevention

JDRF Invests in TetraGenetics’ Innovative Approach to Type 1 Diabetes Prevention

A unique scientific approach to preventing, treating and, perhaps one day, curing type 1 diabetes is being coupled with JDRF’s equally innovative approach to funding such studies in a new partnership that might move the promise of a preventive therapy and improved treatment for the condition closer to reality.
“This is a very targeted therapeutic approach to addressing type 1 diabetes,” says Dr. Ted Clark, the Chief Scientific Officer for TetraGenetics, a company that has been working for the past several years on developing drugs to prevent and treat diabetes. “Our technology has the potential to effectively block the specific autoimmunity response that is responsible for causing the disease.”
JDRF believes in TetraGenetics’ innovations to the point they are putting their money and support behind the company and its approach to addressing a potential type 1 diabetes preventive therapy. It announced that one of the organization’s first investments from their new T1D Fund—a fund that specifically supports “high-impact early-stage investments to accelerate commercial development of life-changing therapies for people living with T1D”—will be made in TetraGenetics.
“We think the work they are doing could have a real impact,” says Dr. Jonathan Behr, the Managing Director of the T1D Fund. “Our belief is that this is a partnership that could show real results and change lives for the better.”
To fully understand the mechanizations of TetraGenetics’ technology and how it applies to type 1 diabetics you need to lean back to take a macro view of what c Continue reading

An early signpost for type 1 diabetes?

An early signpost for type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common serious diseases to strike young children, but how does it start? It’s a question that has bedeviled scientists for years. Now, a new study pinpoints a warning sign in healthy babies as young as 6 months old. The work could advance prevention efforts and might help explain the genesis of the autoimmune disease.
Type 1 diabetes hits when the body destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. By the time people—many of them children—are diagnosed, most of those cells are gone. Forty thousand new type 1 diabetes cases are recorded each year in the United States, and the disease is on the rise for reasons not well understood. A dream for diabetes researchers is to treat kids earlier, when they are headed down the diabetes road but aren’t yet there.
About 3 decades ago, scientists discovered a collection of signposts: antibodies directed at certain proteins in the body, including insulin. As they studied these children more intensively, they learned that those with two or more different kinds of these autoantibodies will eventually develop diabetes, though sometimes not for many years. Many clinical trials have since focused on trying to slow disease onset in these individuals.
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But what happens before these autoantibodies arise? Ezio Bonifacio, a biologist at the Technische Universität Dresden in Germany, had the means to tackle t Continue reading

Traveling through airport security with diabetes devices (with or without #OpenAPS)

Traveling through airport security with diabetes devices (with or without #OpenAPS)

tl;dr: Put your #OpenAPS or other artificial pancreas rigs through the x-ray machine; it’s a small computer and a battery.

I travel quite a bit these days, so it’s pretty routine for me to pack up my diabetes gear and backup supplies and whisk away to the airport and the next adventure. In fact, in 2016 I think I went through airport security 44+ times, in several countries. I have never had any issues with my #OpenAPS (DIY hybrid closed loop artificial pancreas) rigs – even when I carry multiples. Here are some tips on what gear should be put where, who should be told what during the security process, and how to further simplify (as much as is possible with diabetes!) the airport security experience when traveling with diabetes.
6 little pancreases went to the airport & had no problems in security, as usual. #OpenAPS #emergencybackuppancreases pic.twitter.com/eFfYru2Ivt
— Dana #hcsm #OpenAPS (@danamlewis) February 14, 2017
A list of diabetes gear you’re probably packing for your trip:
BG meter
Test strips
Pump sites
CGM sensors
CGM receiver
Tape for sites/sensors
Syringes as back up
Anti-nausea meds
Depending on the length of your trip, backup pump/transmitter/meter/receiver/etc.
Extra batteries to power your phone for uploading BGs
(Uploader phone if you’re still using an uploader to Nightscout)
Artificial pancreas rig (i.e. #OpenAPS rig, whether that’s a Raspberry Pi or Explorer Board setup, or a Rileylink)
Extra insulin
Juice for lows
Out of that list? Here are the only things I would pull out of your bag.
Insulin/ex Continue reading

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