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I am a diabetic since 8 years. Will me being diabetic affect my baby?


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Answered by

Dr. Divakara. P

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published At February 15, 2016
Reviewed AtMay 29, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 51 year old man and my wife is 28 year old. I would like to have a baby. I have normal sex life. I have been having diabetes for the last 8 years (hereditary). No BP or heart problem. Occasionally, I have kidney stone issue. I do not smoke or drink. I have a few questions: What are the tests to be conducted for checking the quality of sperm for having baby? Any effective medicine for increasing the quality and motility of sperm? Is there any chance that my diabetes will affect my baby? If so, can I have any medicine or treatment by which the diabetes does not affect my baby? Please advise.

Answered by Dr. Divakara. P


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thanks for posting your query.

See if you have a normal erection and ejaculating normally, then I do not recommend any tests unless you have been trying for a baby for the past one year and there has been no result. In that case first get semen analysis with culture test and revert back with report. If this test shows abnormality then you need to undergo further tests which I shall recommend if needed. Yes there are effective medications to improve sperm condition but let me see your report first. Diabetes can be due to both hereditary and nonhereditary. Nothing can prevent your child if it gets as hereditary. A good lifestyle can definitely delay the onset of diabetes. Do not worry about that.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Divakara. P
Dr. Divakara. P

Internal Medicine

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