Damaged penile nerves are a major cause of sexual problems in men around the world. One way that a nerve disorder can be diagnosed is to test a persons nerve conduction velocity (NCV). Nerve conduction velocity refers to the speed at which nervous impulses travel along a nerve fiber. If this speed is severely slowed, it means that a nerve disorder exists. Even though a persons body is experiencing slow NCV, the person may not experience any symptoms at all, for a long time. It is therefore useful to test the NCV of diabetics; neuropathy may be diagnosed in individuals who are not yet showing any signs of nerve damage. There are a few medications available to treat neuropathy, and with early diagnosis, patients can be treated so that the nerve symptoms improve.
Malnutrition may become apparent as those afflicted forget to eat in their quest for more drink and since alcohol robs the body of important micronutrients, including vitamins B, C and E, nutritional status is impaired. B vitamins are particularly important for the nervous system, which is often adversely affected. On top of this, the amount of psychological, emotional and social problems resulting from this disturbing condition may lead to untold damage to the individual and those they share close relationships with. It has to be admitted that if alcohol is used sensibly, it is unlikely to become a problem. If controlled, it is a pleasurable social activity. If can promote a feeling of well being and help in the inter-action between friends and colleagues in an informal environment. It can be found to be useful over a drink, in making new acquaintances at a formal function, where you may be uptight or on a date, particularly if your personality is not an outgoing one.
Common examples of neuropathic pain include diabetic neuropathy where nerves have been damaged by diabetes. Or there is post-herpetic neuralgia that can occur after a bout of shingles. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by entrapment neuropathy. There is also cancer pain, phantom limb pain and peripheral neuropathy (widespread nerve damage). Nerve pain can also be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, exposure to toxins (including chemotherapy) and many other medical conditions. Quite frequently, the underlying conditions that trigger the pain go undiagnosed.
Alcohol is a chemical depressant, which is known to slow down the response time of our body. As a result, it impacts the normal functioning of the brain, nervous system, and the genitals. Alcohol can hamper the ability of a man to achieve an erection by blocking the reflexes from the brain to the nerves and the arteries. The “brewer’s droop” is the term used for describing the temporary erectile problem with alcohol. In some extreme cases, this habit can even lead to irreversible nerve damage. Hormones play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy sex life for both men and women. Excess consumption of alcohol can lead to significant drop in the level of testosterone in men, which eventually causes diminished sexual desire. Anxiety and depression are some of psychological issues associated with alcohol abuse, which can also cause male impotence in men of all ages.
Treating alcoholism can be difficult. Certainly, getting support while you defeat your alcohol problem is essential, and support groups such as AA and others exist just for such a purpose. Once you begin to get control of your alcohol use, it’s important to tackle your medical issues from other angles as well. While nerve damage is usually permanent, there are things you can do to prevent further harm to them. Taking nutritional supplements (particularly thiamine and folic acid) can help, as will avoiding alcohol.
There are many factors that affect the decision for you as a diabetic to drink or not drink alcoholic beverages. Consuming alcohol can worsen the conditions that you may already have, such as eye problems or nerve damage. If you have already experienced diabetes- related complications, your doctor may suggest that you avoid alcohol altogether so that you do not cause greater damage in these areas. The occasional and recreational, aka “social drinking” is simply not worth the risk posed to your health.
Omega-3 and 6 are required for healthy nerve function. Omega-3 oils concentrate in the brain, in the form of DHA, while omega-6 is required to form the myelin sheath that protects nerve fibers in the peripheries of the body. These essential fatty acids are also capable of thinning the blood, enhancing the easy flow of blood and oxygen to the nerves throughout the system, and reducing cholesterol. Bilberry, ginkgo and garlic may also support blood flow to the male organ nerves. Alpha lipoic acid, a vitamin-like antioxidant, has shown in studies to reduce the damage to nerves caused by prostate surgery, effectively treat symptoms of damaged penile nerves, and enhance the regeneration of nerve fibers.
The second consideration for people with diabetes who would like to drink alcohol is whether or not the alcohol will cause an interaction with your medications. Many medications cannot be safely taken with alcohol, in fact your doctor or pharmacist will tends to warn you about medication and alcohol and the possible interaction if there is any. Most medications will also come with detailed information on the preferred methods for taking the medication, however ask your doctor or pharmacist should you have any questions. If you require any such medications, alcohol may be out of the question for you.
Alcoholics cannot absorb vitamins properly, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. A vitamin deficiency also increases desire for alcohol. Supplements are needed to maintain health, due to the ravaging affects that alcohol has on the body. Supplements helpful for maintaining health include: A, B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyrodoxine), B12 (cobalamin), B complex, C, calcium & magnesium, folic acid, multi-vitamin, potassium, selenium, and zinc. Eat foods high in beta-carotene, but avoid it in supplement form. Beta-carotene supplements may increase the risk of heart disease in alcoholics.
It sometimes results in no symptoms. But some individuals can have numb feet and tingling feet with pain in peripheral neuropathy which affects the nerves of the limbs. This numbness and tingling can be present in arms and fingers after some time as the nerve damage occurs slowly. Certain abdominal symptoms such as indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation may be present with dizziness and low blood pressure. Sexual problems like erectile dysfunction and dry vagina may accompany with weakness and weight loss.