Gimme Some Sugar: Sex, Diabetes and Kidney Disease (Recorded Webinar)

Gimme Some Sugar: Sex, Diabetes and Kidney Disease (Recorded Webinar)

More than 30 million Americans (9.4% of the total population) have diabetes.  Another 5% experience other forms of kidney disease. Kidney problems frequently impact people’s sexual health. Erectile dysfunction lowered sexual interest, changes to body tissue, and an increased need to care for the circulatory system are just a few of the common issues for a person with kidney disease. Most health professionals are undereducated on sexuality issues, leading to a significant gap in the lives of kidney disease patients. As sex educators and therapists we can assist our clients and students in finding suitable adjustments to their sexual practices, reinvigorating this important and often neglected part of their overall wellness.

1.5 AASECT CE's*
  • By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to 
  • Describe the three major impacts of kidney disease on sexual health.
  • Identify at least four ways to increase intimacy with minimal impact on vascular and renal health.
  • Differentiate between the general diabetic stage and renal failure stages.
  • Discuss at least three adaptations to common sexual and BDSM acts for kidney disease patients.

Core Knowledge Area: Health and sexual functioning, sex therapy training area: approaches to medical intervention and interventions in relationship system, sex ed training area: specific populations

Joli Hamilton, MA, CSE, CBI is an AASECT certified sex educator and a doctoral candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is currently the Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for AASECT. Joli has an intense passion for research and finding ways for everyone to access and understand the best our sciences have to offer. She first trained in sexuality issues as a childbirth and postpartum doula, later finding that sexuality informs all of her professional interests. Her current research centers on topics of jealousy, ethical non-monogamy, and the imagination of kink.
Joli has a special interest in the holistic care of people with kidney disease. Her mother and brother, along with most of her maternal relatives suffered from polycystic kidney disease. Her father has lived with Type 2 diabetes for the past 15 years. As the primary caretaker for all of her family members, Joli has sought to understand the unique challenges that kidney disease brings. Blessed with a family able to speak about sex with candor, Joli gathered not only the medical research but a close look at the lived experience of persons with kidney disease over the past two decades. 

This program meets the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 1.5 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal of certification. Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment, Provider #11-113-C. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT Certification. For further information please contact

Presenter:  Jolene Hamilton MA, CSE, CBI