Detecting early signs of diabetes can be difficult. In fact, one-third of people with type 2 diabetes don’t have any telltale symptoms. Men with poorly controlled diabetes are more likely to have sexual issues like erectile dysfunction, so it’s important to take preventative measures.
Undiagnosed diabetes can lead to extreme blood glucose levels, causing your body’s blood vessels to constrict. The small blood vessels in your eyes can often break under pressure, encouraging new blood vessels to grow in their place. New vessels can leak blood and block your vision by forming scar tissue, also known as diabetic retinopathy.
According to the American Diabetes Association, roughly one in ten people with diabetes experiences extreme hunger. Insatiable hunger and excessive eating, also known as polyphagia, is a condition that is caused by the body’s incapability to absorb blood glucose while using it as energy.
A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine at John Hopkins University reported that more than eighty percent of diabetic men have trouble in the bedroom. Researchers reported that a type of sugar discovered in the bloodstream of diabetics prevents the release of nitric oxide, a chemical that helps form erections by increasing blood flow to the penis.
An increase in glucose levels can trigger frequent urination. When excess sugar builds up in your bloodstream, your kidneys are forced to work overtime to absorb and filter the additional glucose. If you’re kidneys can’t keep up with the high glucose demand, symptoms of frequent urination and excessive thirst may occur.
Seek Professional Treatment
If you start noticing any of the above symptoms of diabetes, seek treatment from a medical professional or call Men’s Vitality Center to schedule an appointment. Our professionals are committed to providing friendly and quality care for men of all ages.