Prevalence of sexual desire and satisfaction among patients with screen-detected diabetes and impact of intensive multifactorial treatment: results from the ADDITION-Denmark study

Scand J Prim Health Care. 2015 Mar;33(1):3-10. doi: 10.3109/02813432.2014.1002295. Epub 2015 Feb 9.


Objective: Sexual problems are common in people with diabetes. It is unknown whether early detection of diabetes and subsequent intensive multifactorial treatment (IT) are associated with sexual health. We report the prevalence of low sexual desire and low sexual satisfaction among people with screen-detected diabetes and compare the impact of intensive multifactorial treatment with the impact of routine care (RC) on these measures.

Design: A cross-sectional analysis of the ADDITION-Denmark trial cohort six years post-diagnosis.

Setting: 190 general practices around Denmark.

Subjects: A total of 968 patients with screen-detected type 2 diabetes.

Main outcome measures: Low sexual desire and low sexual satisfaction.

Results: Mean (standard deviation, SD) age was 64.9 (6.9) years. The prevalence of low sexual desire was 53% (RC) and 54% (IT) among women, and 24% (RC) and 25% (IT) among men. The prevalence of low sexual satisfaction was 23% (RC) and 18% (IT) among women, and 27% (RC) and 37% (IT) among men. Among men, the prevalence of low sexual satisfaction was significantly higher in the IT group than in the RC group, p = 0.01.

Conclusion: Low sexual desire and low satisfaction are frequent among men and women with screen-detected diabetes, and IT may negatively impact men's sexual satisfaction.

Keywords: Denmark; diabetes mellitus; general practice; personal satisfaction; primary health care; quality of life; sexual desire; sexual health.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cohort Studies
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Denmark
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / psychology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / therapy*
  • Disease Management*
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Female
  • General Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Prevalence
  • Quality of Life
  • Reproductive Health
  • Sex Factors
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology
  • Sexuality* / psychology
  • Standard of Care
  • Surveys and Questionnaires