The concept of penis health may seem like it would be related only to the penis and its immediate neighbors, but in fact proper penis health involves, to some degree, overall general health. Certainly, how physically fit a man is has an impact on the health of his member, as well as on the ability with which that organ performs sexually. And by the same token, when a man has some health condition, such as diabetes, it is possible that condition may have some sort of impact on his penis health.
That is certainly the case with diabetes. While some diabetic men may find that it has no noticeable effect on their penis, others may find that there can be a variety of problems. Knowing what some of those effects can be is important, so that a person can know how to address the issue. (Similarly, sometimes a man may experience side effects related to diabetes without knowing he has the condition – and those side effects may then lead to a much-needed diagnosis so he can learn how to manage the disease.)
Diabetes is certainly one of the most well-known diseases in the modern world, affecting almost 30,000,000 people in the U.S. alone; yet many people may have only a vague idea of what it actually entails.
Diabetes happens when a person’s blood sugar (also called blood glucose) gets too high. We need blood sugar – it’s what gives a person energy. A hormone called insulin helps take that sugar from the blood and deliver it to the cells, so that they can use it. If a person doesn’t make enough insulin (or if their insulin doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to), all that sugar stays in the blood, where it’s wasted, instead of getting to the cells that need it. But sometimes a person with diabetes has too little sugar in their blood, and that is also problematic.
So the challenge when a person has diabetes is to properly manage it so that blood sugars are not too high and not too low. To do this, they measure their blood sugar levels regularly, and use injections of insulin to help keep the sugar at the proper level.
Penis health problems
There are many complications associated with diabetes. These include cardiovascular disease, stroke, foot ulcers, kidney disease and vision loss. If diabetes is not properly managed, it can lead to death.
In many men, diabetes can create some significant penis health issues as well. These include:
1) Erectile dysfunction. When blood sugar levels are kept too high for too long, they can cause damage in two areas that can affect a man’s ability to attain and maintain an erection. They can cause damage to nerve endings; when this happens in the penis, it becomes less sensitive to touch and manual stimulation, making it less likely to become aroused when stroked. Diabetes also can cause blood vessels to narrow and harden. When this happens, they can accommodate much less blood – so that when the blood vessels in the penis should be opening to allow a flood of blood into the penis to create an erection, only a trickle gets in.
2) Odor. Often penis odor is increased by diabetes, due to the presence of molecules called ketone bodies in the urine. This can create a very pungent aroma in the groin area.
3) Yeast infections. Increased sugar gives yeast more to feed on, which can in turn create a yeast infection situation on and around the penis.
Diabetes is a dangerous condition that affects a man’s general health as well as his penis health. He should definitely consult a specialist to learn proper management of diabetes, as well as use a first class penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) for everyday penis health issues. The best crème includes two amino acids, L-arginine and L carnitine. The former helps keep blood vessels more open for blood flow by helping to create nitric oxide. And the latter is helpful in restoring lost sensation due to aggressive use.