Yes. A diabetic can have a child. If a pregnant woman is diabetic, she should control her blood sugar levels. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels in a pregnant woman with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can lead to troubles for the woman and the baby.
Diabetes in men and women can affect their fertility and their chance of having a baby. Well-controlled diabetes improves sexual health for both men and women. If a woman with diabetes keeps her blood sugar well controlled before and during pregnancy, she can increase her chances of having a healthy baby. Controlling blood sugar also reduces the chance that a woman will develop common problems of diabetes, or that the problems will get worse during pregnancy.
Women who have diabetes before they get pregnant have special health concerns. In addition to the new demands that a pregnancy will put on your body, it will also affect your blood sugar levels and diabetes medications.
According to the Andrology Centre, men who have pre-diabetes (higher than normal blood sugars) may have low testosterone levels, damage to their sperm DNA and sometimes absence of sperm. Low testosterone levels may lead to lower sperm counts, erectile dysfunction, and decreased sex drive. Diabetes may also lead to ejaculation problems and inflammation of the tip of the penis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests a few tips for Women with Diabetes before and during pregnancy. Planned pregnancy, maintaining a healthy diet, taking proper medication and controlling the blood sugar levels are some of them.
It is very important to monitor blood sugar often because pregnancy causes the body’s need for energy to change, blood sugar levels can change very quickly. You need to check your blood sugar often, as directed by your doctor. It is important to learn how to adjust food intake, exercise, and insulin, depending on the results of your blood sugar tests.
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