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    Could Diabetes Be Affecting Your Sex Life?

    In just a few minutes, you will get:

    • A personal report about what may be behind your sexual dysfunction
    • The effect diabetes can have on your sex drive and physical response
    • Suggestions to help you talk to your doctor

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 09, 2017


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    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Erectile Dysfunction," "Diabetes & Sexual & Urologic Problems."

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