Men and Diabetes

Author: Activate Allen County

February 21, 2016

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Did you know that diabetes affects more men than women? Men’s health is something that often times goes without being discussed, but this should never be the case. Being diagnosed with diabetes can change someone’s lifestyle and daily habits, it is a disease that shouldn’t be ignored.

Don’t think that diabetes could affect you? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every four people in the United States is living with either type-2 diabetes (20 million) or its precursor, prediabetes (54 million) and 8% of the population has diabetes. No one is immune to this disease, so it is important to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of diabetes as well as preventative steps one can take.

A diet with high sugar or being overweight make your odds at developing diabetes even higher, but it is still possible to develop diabetes if you are of a normal weight. So you know anyone could develop this disease, what should you look for?

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Sores that don’t heal

If you think there is a chance you could have diabetes you shouldn’t wait to get tested. The sooner the disease is caught, the faster you can get put on medicine to help treat it and lessen the chances of it getting worse.

In 2010, diabetes was one of the leading causes of death in the United States and untreated and unmonitored also increases the danger of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States today. With statistics like that, why would you wait to treat such a harmful disease.There are a few preventative steps you can take to avoid diabetes. Simply adopting a healthier diet decreasing your chances of developing diabetes. Focus on foods that will help lower your blood pressure and sugar and consume them regularly, but in moderation. Plenty of physical activity also helps with the prevention of diabetes. Stay active, stay healthy.

Be aware of the prevention tips, symptoms, and results of diabetes. If you think this disease could be affecting you, get tested as soon as possible. Although a diabetes diagnosis isn’t ideal, it doesn’t have to be world ending. Get healthy not only for you, but for your family, coworkers, and friends.