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Home » Lifestyle & Infertility » Diabetes and Male Infertility

Diabetes and Male Infertility

Diabetes and Male Infertility is linked to many different diseases and continuing research indicates this disorder can adversely affect the quality of a man’s sperm and eventually lead to infertility as well as pregnancy complications for women.

More and more young men around the world are being diagnosed with diabetes and this directly corresponds with the issue of male infertility.

It’s important to understand that both diet and obesity are huge factors when it comes to Type II diabetes.

Men who don’t have Type I diabetes may not even be aware that developing Type II diabetes can be a huge factor when it comes to their fertility.

Unfortunately, Type II diabetes affects many men during their reproductive years without them even knowing it.

What this means is that up to one in every six couples who are trying to conceive will have infertility problems that are diabetes related.

Many of these couples will try for many months to get pregnant without success before they finally search for answers to their infertility problem.

Diabetes and Male Infertility

How is Fertility Affected by Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that happens when there is a lack of insulin in the body or when the body fails to respond to insulin.

When the body doesn’t have enough insulin, it stops responding and this then leads to an uninhibited amount of sugar moving around in the bloodstream.

The complications of this excess sugar can cause damage to the tissues and organs, including both the male and female reproductive systems.

Diabetes is often thought of as the “silent killer” for the simple reason that there are often very few symptoms that indicate a man has this condition.

Men can go for years without knowing they are diabetic and may only be diagnosed when they’re seeking answers to why they’re not getting pregnant.

Once diabetes has been diagnosed it can’t be cured. The only thing that can be done is to manage the condition through diet and medications.

Male Reproductive Issues and Diabetes

When diabetes is present the hormones in the body become out of balance.

When one hormone is out of balance there may be other hormones that are out of balance as well such as testosterone, which is a male hormone that is essential to fertility.

Studies show that men who have high levels of blood sugar may have higher numbers of abnormal sperm. This can significantly decrease a man’s chances of impregnating his partner.

As soon as diabetes has been diagnosed, it’s imperative that it’s treated as soon as possible so that many serious complications and health risks are avoided.

Infertility in men is one such complication that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible particularly when a couple is thinking about getting pregnant.

Erectile Dysfunction and Diabetes

About 50 percent of all men between the ages of 39 to 70 will have erectile dysfunction. This number increases to 70 per cent of men who are diabetic.

There are a higher number of men with diabetes who have severe erectile dysfunction at a much younger age than in the general population of non-diabetic men.

There are three main types of treatment available for diabetic men who have erectile dysfunction: Levitra, Cialis, and Viagra.

Perhaps the good news for maintaining fertility is that having diabetes doesn’t exclude men from treatment options to correct erectile dysfunction.

Diabetes and Retrograde Ejaculation

A diagnosis of diabetes brings with it a lot of complications and health risks. While many of these diabetes-related risks are well known, some complications such as infertility in men are less recognized.

Whether you have Type I or Type II diabetes you’re at risk for a condition called retrograde ejaculation. Retrograde ejaculation is when the sperm moves back into the bladder instead of being ejaculated out through the penis.

Retrograde ejaculation can leave you infertile. This condition happens when the nerve fibers found in the penis are damaged.

While this condition is quite rare in relation to diabetes, it’s still something that men need to be aware of if they’re thinking about conceiving with their partner.    

Living with Diabetes and Fertility Risks

When diabetes is left untreated or is mismanaged, it can lead to complications for both men and women in regards to their fertility.

By maintaining a proper lifestyle and undergoing necessary diabetic treatments, most men are able to father children of their own.

If you and your partner have been trying for more than one year to get pregnant, make sure that you talk to your doctor about being tested for diabetes.

Many cases of diabetes go undiagnosed until couples are having difficulty conceiving. While diabetes is by no means the only cause of male infertility there is a definite link between the two that needs to be understood.

Men of all ages should try and prevent the onset of Type II diabetes by taking good care of their health.

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