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Among the many possible complications of diabetes is sexual dysfunction. It's not talked about as much as something like neuropathy, so people (especially women) often don't connect their sexual problems to their diabetes. And even if they do, they often can't raise the topic with their healthcare team.
Fortunately, there's a book out now, Sex and Diabetes For Him and For Her, that not only raises the lid on the topic, but also vigorously stirs the whole pot.
There is no beating around the bush in this book. Everything is described in very plain and forthright language, and there are plenty of pictures.
If you have a question, for instance, about how the vacuum pump works for men with erectile dysfunction, you've come to the right place. If you can't seem to bring up the topic of intimate sexual problems with your doctor (or your spouse), there's help here.
If you're a woman who can't explain why she doesn't feel right during sex, this book will make it all clear and tell you exactly what to do. (Unlike many books, equal time is given to women and their diabetes-related sexual issues.)
What's really wonderful about Sex and Diabetes is its positive, encouraging and utterly non-threatening tone. No stone is left unturned, from the physiology of diabetes-related sex problems, to the workings of Viagra and implants, to the use of lubricants, aromatherapy and aphrodisiac foods.
There are plenty of interesting and convincing case studies, including examples of how to talk to your doctor, and the book ends with a collection of recipes for a romantic meal. It covers everything and it gives hope: altogether a very good book.
The book was written by Janis Rozsler, RD, CDE, LDN, and Donna Rice, MBA, BSN, RN, CDE, and all proceeds go to further the mission of the American Diabetes Association. It's available from the ADA and on Amazon.com
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