Diabetes affects every part of a person's life and can create problems that can be difficult to discuss with family, friends or health care providers. These sensitive issues can be embarrassing, but it is very important to analyze them since many of these conditions are treatable.
People with diabetes may experience problems with bladder and bowel control. This can include accidental leaks, frequency, urgency, urinary tract infections and weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. Excess urine production, often associated with high blood glucose levels, also affects bladder control. These high blood glucose levels play a role in an increased tendency to infections. Diabetes can also cause sexual health problems, such as erectile dysfunction in men and other conditions in women due to nerve damage or high blood glucose levels.
Sleep, or lack of it, can affect the metabolism of blood glucose and sleeping difficulties are more common in people living with diabetes. In addition, there are interesting relationships between sleep problems such as sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome and diabetes:
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