Hey All — if you have got questions about life with diabetes, then you have come to the ideal location! That might be our weekly diabetes information column, Ask D’Mine, hosted by veteran type 1, diabetes author and clinical specialist Wil Dubois.
Now, Wil takes on a.. . Sensitive issue… one centering on the male body and the way what’s happening beneath the waist may be a sign of undiagnosed diabetes for both guys.
Read on, if you’re interested…
Abe, type 2 from Florida, writes: Hi there, I have been feeling weird that the last few weeks. Lazy, tired, demotivated & extremely feeble. Then, about a week ago, I started having a constant itch in my foreskin. It was followed by thrush. Now, I’ve got what seems like scrape marks both on my foreskin and genitals. Dry & painful. I know it can’t be an STD due to me not having sex. When I researched it, I found out it probably had been symptoms of type 2 diabetes. I then checked my blood and it’s at 353! I am transitioning from one job to another. I don’t have insurance & no money. I feel like the walls are caving in on me. Would you help?
Wil@Ask D’Mine replies: OK, so this is actually a first for me. I never heard of a man’s manhood diagnosing his diabetes earlier.
At least not straight. I heard that kind 2 diagnoses totaled all around the nation following the introduction of Viagra. Impotent men, who never visited their doctors before, flocked to the white coats in droves for the erectile dysfunction medication. The docs did blood work and presto, a new horde of newly identified kind 2s was detected.
Still, this is proof you should hear a manhood when it talks to you, and regardless of what girls say to the contrary, perhaps thinking with your manhood is not such a bad thing whatsoever.
Anyhow, I am glad you don’t have an STD, but I am sorry you’re not having any sexual activity. Oh, also that you are broke and uninsured. And that you’ve got diabetes. Don’t despair. All things being equal, you’re pretty much at rock bottom at the moment, so there’s nowhere to go but up.
I have some ideas on where you may have the ability to turn for assistance, but–because I know the inquiring minds of our readers will want to know–what the f**k happened to a poor penis?
Actually, it’s easy. High blood sugar causes frequent urination. Frequent urination causes dehydration. Dehydration causes dry skin. Dry skin causes itchy manhood. Itchy dry penises which get scratched become inflamed. At least that’s exactly what it sounds like in your case. In other situations, high blood sugar may induce bacterial colonies or yeast infections that cause genital itching.
Actually, it is no surprise. However, I am amazed you were able to place all of the bits together online and come up with the ideal answer. (Oddly, the differently rather stoic Brits have a few of the greatest internet articles on this ticklish issue.)
Oh, and also the idle, exhausted, demotivated & extremely weak symptoms you have been experiencing can also be classic signs of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). And that’s an important distinction we need to make here. You said your manhood search led one to the truth that your symptoms were those of type 2 diabetes. Uh… no. Sorry. That’s not quite true. Diabetes has no signs. The manhood symptoms, and of the rest, are those of sugar.
That may look like (pubic) hair-splitting, but it is not. Blood sugar needs to be super-high prior to these signs show up, and also for the sugar to be super-high, the diabetes must have been around for a long, long time. This means your body has been under assault for more than you can imagine. Years. Maybe a couple of years. You can’t wait another moment to receive medical assistance. The clock is ticking on nasty, permanent diabetes complications–you require help to acquire this controlled before your eyes, kidneys and heart get ruined. Ahead of your nerve endings become fried. Before your manhood shuts down entirely, never giving you the chance to acquire that STD.
Where do you receive help when you’re broke and uninsured? Fortunately for you, my worst nightmare is yet to come to pass. Now that it is the law of the land which each citizen must have health insurance, I sometimes lie awake at night dreading the afternoon that the feds mandate which medical providers not function the law-breaking uninsured. While this dark day may come, it is not here yet, so there are still a lot of options.
The first alternative is always to obtain a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) near you. Following Is a Hyperlink to all the FQHCs in your state of Florida. The majority of these clinics bill the prosecution for medical services with what’s called a “sliding fee” This means you’ve got to pay something for the trip, but just how much you pay depends on your resources. Some may even work with you on a payment plan if the trip cost exceeds the moths in your wallet.
A number of these clinics have pharmacies which may offer discount medications, assistance with registering in big pharma patient assistance programs, and sample prescriptions.
When there’s no FQHC nearby, check out the yellow pages for docs offering diabetes therapy. Call a couple of up and see whether a person will work with you on obligations, or exchange medical services for some skill you can provide. That’s the way our therapy rooms got re-painted: An out-of-work painter needed a root canal. Everyone won.
And finally, some physicians have in-house diabetes programs. A trip to the ER will get you funneled into the computer system. The only bad thing about going to a hospital, is that while they will never turn you away, they will haunt you for the rest of your normal days (and outside) for full payment owed.
I understand that feeling of the walls caving in. You’ve got a great deal on your plate at once. I feel for you. But there’s help out there, and you’re not all alone.
So only tuck your manhood back into your pants and begin that long climb back up from the darkness.
This isn’t a medical advice column. We are PWDs publicly and openly sharing the wisdom of our collected experiences — our been-there-done-that knowledge from the trenches. But we are not MDs, RNs, NPs, PAs, CDEs, or partridges in pear trees. Bottom line: we are just a little portion of your total prescription. You still require the expert guidance, therapy, and care of a licensed medical practitioner.
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