Men are more likely to get diabetes then women
Men's Health Week this June focusses on diabetes and the importance of seeking care at first sign of symptoms.
11 June to 17 June marks Men's Health Week with a focus on men and diabetes. Men are more likely to get diabetes than women. They will also have more complications, including amputation of feet or limbs and even death. During Men's Health Week, NHS Lewisham CCG wants to raise awareness of the risk to men of developing diabetes and encourage them to get advice and support as soon as they develop any symptoms. Men also need to understand that obesity is the main underlying cause of diabetes and that by taking action to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle, they can reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes – where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
Type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1 and the main cause of it is obesity. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2. The more people are aware of it, the more likely they are to make healthy changes and stop or delay the onset of diabetes. Currently in the UK, one-in-five men die before the age of 65 and experts says many of the deaths are preventable. These statistics could be due to men's reluctance to see their GP with ailments that may be symptoms of the disease.
Dr Marc Rowland, local GP and Chair of NHS Lewisham CCG said: "Ill health is significantly higher among males than females and a lot of that can be traced back to men simply not thinking about their health and self-care. It is important that men in [Lewisham are actively engaged in looking after themselves by maintaining a balanced diet and taking more exercise to prevent diabetes."
Men should visit their GP if they notice any of the following symptoms or have any other concerns about their health:
· feeling very thirsty all the time
· urinating more frequently than usual, particularly at night
· feeling very tired
· weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
· itching around the penis or frequent episodes of thrush
· cuts or wounds that heal slowly blurred vision