New Book Describes the Ins and Outs of Sex and Diabetes

Among the many possible complications of diabetes is sexual dysfunction. It'snot talked about as much as something like neuropathy, so people (especiallywomen) often don't connect their sexual problems to their diabetes. And even ifthey 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, thatnot 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 invery plain and forthright language, and there are plenty of pictures.

If you have a question, for instance, about how the vacuum pump works for menwith erectile dysfunction, you've come to the right place. If you can't seem tobring up the topic of intimate sexual problems with your doctor (or yourspouse), there's help here.

If you're a woman who can't explain why she doesn't feel right during sex, thisbook 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 andutterly non-threatening tone. No stone is left unturned, from the physiology ofdiabetes-related sex problems, to the workings of Viagra and implants, to theuse of lubricants, aromatherapy and aphrodisiac foods.

There are plenty of interesting and convincing case studies, including examplesof how to talk to your doctor, and the book ends with a collection of recipesfor a romantic meal. It covers everything and it gives hope: altogether a verygood 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 DiabetesAssociation. It's available from the ADA and on

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