The dirty little "blood-sugar secret" behind bedroom problems

Most guys think trouble in the bedroom is simply a sex problem -- and if they can "cure" their performance issues with a drug they never waste another moment worrying about it.

As long as those pills are close by, they can be ready for action any time.

But despite what you've heard -- despite what the commercials want you to believe -- ED isn't just a sex problem.

It's not a disease at all, but a symptom of a much larger problem. It's your body demanding your attention, crying out, "HEY, SOMETHING'S WRONG HERE!"

Because while there are plenty of symptoms a man can easily ignore, erection problems aren't one of them.

Now, new research reveals ED is a major symptom of one of the biggest undiagnosed diseases in the nation -- a leading killer that more than 8 million Americans don't even know they have.

It's diabetes.

The longer you ignore it -- the longer you go without getting the raging tide of high blood sugar under control -- the more damage it'll do inside your body, wrecking your heart... your brain... your nerves... and more.

The new study finds that men with troubles in the bedroom are five times more likely to have diabetes than men without.

About 10 percent of men with ED are later found to have undiagnosed diabetes, versus only around 2 percent of men who don't have the condition, according to the study in the Annals of Family Medicine.

It just one more reason why sexual performance drugs are a huge mistake, because they allow you to ignore this critical warning sign -- and the longer you ignore it, the more advanced the disease will be when it's finally detected.

That, in turn, will make it harder to bring diabetes under control, and make you more likely to suffer complications.

ED isn't always a sign of diabetes. But it IS a sign that's something wrong, and could mean anything from a circulatory problem to heart disease to hormonal imbalances.

And again, if you "treat" it by taking a sex med, these diseases will fester as you continue to ignore them.

Eventually, it's not just your sex life on the line. It's your actual life.

If you've been having bedroom problems of your own, don't ignore them and don't mask them with a drug. Work with a doctor who can get to the bottom of it, whether it's a chronic disease such as diabetes or a hormonal issue such as low testosterone.

I recommend working closely with a holistic physician. And if you're in Southern California, I can help.

Contact my clinic to make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine, located in the San Diego area.

Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a telephone consultation.