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
- Hearing loss.2
- Oral health problems such as gum disease and tooth loss.2
- Gastroparesis (nerve damage to the stomach and intestines).2
1. http://ndep.nih.gov/diabetes-facts/#genderThe Facts about Diabetes: A Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
2. www.diabetes.orgAmerican Diabetes Association Website
4. http://www.onetouch.com/articles/mensexualfunctionDiabetes and Men’s Sexual Function
5. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/08/weight-loss-improves-sex-for-diabetic-men/?_r=0 Weight Loss Improves Sex for Diabetic Men
6. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/28/1/177.longUrologic Complications of Diabetes
7. www.dlife.comDiabetes Statistics in Men