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Wed Mar 13 02:01:59 UTC 2013

I'm a 50 yr old female w uncont. type 2 NIDDM on Glipizide & Metformin. The past yr my libido drastically decrsd. Could this be R/T my diab & meds?
Asked By: nursemomsue  

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2013-03-13 23:02:36.0

Women with diabetes, even well-controlled, can experience a drop in libido. We don't know exactly why it happens, but depression, self esteem issues, relationship stresses, and even side effects from depression medications may play a role. Here are a few things you can try - First, improve your blood glucose control. Glucose swings can cause you to lose interest in many things you enjoy. Try following the Mediterranean Diet - research shows it may help increase sexual satisfaction in women with type 2 diabetes. Women with diabetes tend to take longer to become aroused, so don't rush intimacy. Also, read Sex & Diabetes - For Him and For Her, by Roszler and Rice (ADA). It is filled with additional suggestions and offers great ways to put the fun back into your intimate activities. If your problem continues, see your doctor for additional guidance.
Answered By: Janis Roszler
Accreditations: MSFT, RD, CDE, LD/N
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