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Research claims a third of people with type 2 diabetes are sexually dissatisfied

By Editor
16th August 2017

One in three people with type 2 diabetes are sexually dissatisfied and almost two-thirds of these people report a need for help, new research has found.

Researchers now believe a simple screening checklist could be used to proactively identify sexually dissatisfied people in primary care.

The study, published in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, looked at data collected in 45 general practices in the Netherlands from January 2015 to February 2016. The Brief Sexual Symptom Checklist (BSSC) was used to screen a total of 786 men and women with type 2 diabetes aged between 40 and 75.

The prevalence of sexual dissatisfaction was 36.6 per cent, significantly higher among men than among women (41.1 per cent vs. 27.8 per cent). Sexually dissatisfied men most often reported erectile dysfunction (71.6 per cent); for sexually dissatisfied women, low sexual desire (52.8 per cent) and lubrication problems (45.8 per cent) were most common. More than half of all dissatisfied people had a need for care (61.8 per cent), significantly more men than women (66.8 per cent vs. 47.2 per cent).

The researchers concluded: “Sexual problems are one of the most frequently neglected complications in diabetes care. The use of a screening instrument could facilitate the identification of people in need for help, while simultaneously lowering the threshold for both patients and care professionals to discuss sexual issues in daily practice.  The BSSC could be used a tool to proactively identify sexually dissatisfied people in primary care.”

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