Diabetes can really cramp your style when it comes to sexual health.

Can this diet improve sexual health for diabetics?

In 2011, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimated that just over 10 percent of women over the age of 20 – and 27 percent of people over 65 – were diagnosed with diabetes. For older women who are trying to keep a handle on this condition while dealing with menopause, fluctuations in sexual health and other common age-related issues, maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is crucial.

In fact, the ADA notes that diabetes can present some distinct obstacles to enjoying a healthy sex life. "Some women with diabetes have less interest in sex because of depression or [anxiety] levels can make some women feel tired all the time. Or perhaps intercourse is painful because of vaginal dryness," the source states.

With this in mind, taking care of your condition through diet, exercise and medication could prove just as beneficial as the best all natural lubricants. Recently, a team of Swedish researchers shed new light on how men and women with type 2 diabetes may keep their blood sugar levels stable through the way they eat. Specifically, the scientists found that partaking in a low-cholesterol Mediterranean diet rather than low-fat Western fare could reduce the risk of glycemic fluctuations. One surprising twist, though, is that this may work best if if you skip breakfast.

Fredrik Nyström, lead investigator and professor at Linköping University, explained in a press release that the Mediterranean diet traditionally doesn't include a large meal in the morning, and study participants who enjoyed a sizeable lunch displayed fewer spikes and dips in blood sugar even after such a hefty meal. This led his team to conclude that larger Mediterranean-style meals could be a better option for people with type 2 diabetes.

Further research is needed to confirm these findings, though. In the meantime, be sure to consult a physician if you have any concerns about diet, diabetes and sexual health.

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