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Latest News from the ISSM - December 18, 2015 Member Login
Concerns of Sexually Inactive Diabetic Patients are Studied

Even if middle-aged or older patients with type 2 diabetes aren't sexually active, they still may have sexual concerns that need attention, Danish researchers say. 

They recruited 583 men and 377 women with type 2 diabetes for the study. The participants were between 40 and 69 years old. 

After completing questionnaires and undergoing a physical examination, 17% of the men and 54% of the women were considered sexually inactive. 

In this group, over half of the men and 40% of the women said their sexual needs were not fulfilled. Many reported distress. 

Low sexual interest, lack of a partner, and medical problems that made sex difficult or unpleasant were some of the most common sexual concerns. 

Determining prevalence of sexual dysfunction was another goal of the study. But that data could not be collected for over half the participants because assessments considered activity from the previous four weeks only. 

Some patients have sex regularly, but less frequently, the study authors noted. Using a 12-month time frame might give "a more realistic picture," they wrote. 

The study was first published online in October in Sexual Medicine. Please click here for more details. 

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