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Out of the 25.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes, 13.0 million are men.  This number is equal to 11.8% of all men ages 20 years and older.1, 2

Seventy-seven million people with diabetes are still undiagnosed.2 A survey by Diabetes UK indicates that in the UK men are twice as likely not to know they have diabetes as women.3 In this study, 22% of the men who had diabetes were not aware that they had it and a possible reason for this might be that men tend to go to the doctor less often.3

What are the symptoms?

  • Urinating often.
  • Feeling very thirsty.
  • Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal.
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet.

Can I prevent it?

You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes through a healthy lifestyle.  Eating a well-balanced, portion-controlled diet, increasing your physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight are all ways to help prevent or delay diabetes.  Here are some basic nutrition and fitness tips to help get you started.

  • Eat 3 meals daily.  Do not skip meals.
  • Eliminate sugared beverages (e.g. juice, soda, fruit punch, sweet tea) from your diet.  Instead choose sugar-free beverages or water.
  • Fill half your dinner plate with non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, string beans, zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, etc.
  • Watch portion size.  If you are eating a food that comes out of a container with a food label, look to see what the “serving size” is and stick to that amount.
  • Walk for 10 minutes after each meal to equal 30 minutes daily.

What are the complications of uncontrolled diabetes?

  • Heart attack and stroke.  Heart attack and coronary heart disease were 3-6% higher in men with diabetes than men without.  6.8% of men with diabetes suffered a stroke compared to 1.5% of men with normal blood sugar levels.7
  • Eye complications such as glaucoma, cataracts, and blindness.2-
  • Foot complications and amputation.2
  • Skin complications such as bacterial and fungal infections. 2
  • Kidney disease.2
  • Depression.2
  • Hearing loss.2
  • Oral health problems such as gum disease and tooth loss.2
  • Gastroparesis (nerve damage to the stomach and intestines).2

1. Facts about Diabetes: A Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

2.     www.diabetes.orgAmerican Diabetes Association Website


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7.      www.dlife.comDiabetes Statistics in Men