From the 11th to 17th June it’s Men’s Health Week, a time of awareness for health issues that disproportionately affect men. This year the week of male health awareness coincides with Diabetes Week. It’s a timely coincidence.
One man in 10 has diabetes and in men from their 40s onwards the disease is expected to increase sharply in frequency over the coming two decades.
And diabetes is a serious health issue. Men are more likely to get the condition, more frequently have complications such as needing an amputation to survive, and die more from diabetes than women.
A lot has been achieved in the diagnosis and battle against diabetes, but much more awareness is needed. This means people can then make lifestyle changes to avoid getting it.
- Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 your body does not properly produce or use a hormone called insulin. This causes the sugar (glucose) level in the blood to become too high.
- It can cause symptoms such as tiredness, excessive thirst and the need to pee lots. It can also increase risk of getting serious problems with your heart, eyes and nerves.
- It’s linked to being overweight and inactive, or having a family history of the condition.
- It’s a lifelong condition that can affect everyday life, meaning someone with it has to take daily medicines, change their diet and go for frequent check-ups.
So we should all do what we can to raise awareness and encourage friends (and yourself!) to get active – such as getting down to one of our gyms! If you’re writing about it on social media use these hashtags: #menshealthweek #talkaboutdiabetes