‘Not only does diabetes cause nerve damage, which means you’re less sensitive to touch, but 50 per cent of men with diabetes will eventually suffer from erectile dysfunction (caused by narrowed arteries and nerve damage) and low testosterone, which are huge reasons for low sex drive.’A romantic three-course meal doesn’t translate into action in the bedroom, says dietician Helen Bond.
In fact, you’re better off having sex before you go to the restaurant.
In a separate study, they found it also significantly lowered sperm concentration and motility.
However, this research has not been repeated elsewhere.
As many as two million British men — and almost twice as many women — are said to suffer from low libido.
‘It won’t happen to everyone, but if your libido is already fragile, then it could knock you off your perch.’ Meanwhile a study by the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio found that antihistamines might lead to problems with ejaculation for men and hamper both men’s and women’s libido.
Other good sources of zinc include beans, nuts and oysters.’‘These can sometimes significantly reduce libido and cause erectile dysfunction,’ explains Dr Graham Jackson, consultant cardiologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’s Hospital.
‘Because they reduce heart rate and blood flow, not as much blood gets to the genitals.’ The worst offenders are diuretics and beta-blockers such as propranolol and atenolol, according to a review of blood pressure medication in this month’s issue of International Journal of Clinical Practice.
‘Low iron levels are thought to reduce the quality of blood flow and so sap energy,’ she explains.
‘If you’re exhausted, sex is obviously the last thing you feel like doing.’‘The best source of easily absorbable iron is a nice juicy steak,’ adds Helen Bond.