March 1, 2016

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Saralyn Mark, MD
What are some sexual issues that could result for diabetics?
Diabetes impacts every cell in the body and can significantly impact blood flow. Men can experience impotency and women may be at higher risk for vaginal or yeast infections. It is important to talk to your doctor about ways to treat these conditions. Good control of blood sugar levels will help significantly.

When you got your diabetes diagnosis, you probably thought immediately about your weight, your diet, your sugar levels — a million different things. What would happen to your sex life probably wasn’t high on the list. But maybe it should be. Yep, that’s right: What’s going on with your blood sugar can have a huge impact on how you feel between the sheets — and, you guessed it, not in a good way. “Medical conditions such as diabetes may cause your sex life to take a plunge, says Dr. Lauren Streicher, Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and author of Slip Sliding Away: A Gynecologist’s Guide to Turning Back the Clock on Your Sex Life. “As a diabetic, you have multiple obstacles for achieving a satisfying sex life that other people don’t…

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Saralyn Mark, MD

Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women's health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services for 11 years and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women's health on Earth and in Space.