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Shame, stigma and sexual dysfunction: the overlooked diabetes complications

Eating disorders, sexual problems and depression are common among people with diabetes, yet often not addressed

Sexual problems, eating disorders and depression are common among people with diabetes, yet often not addressed

  • Some physical and mental health issues common in people with diabetes yet seen as embarrassing are not discussed as possible complications
  • Nurses may feel uncomfortable raising these issues, and patients concerned about being judged, meaning they do not get the support they need
  • Tips on broaching conversations about potentially embarrassing diabetes complications and advice from specialist diabetes nurses and people with the condition
Nurses can help their patients open up about embarrassing complications Picture: iStock

Lesley Mills is comfortable talking about sex.

As a consultant nurse in diabetes at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, she

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