Most men don’t give a second thought (or first) to diabetes. In today’s world, if something doesn’t affect us directly, we have a hard time paying much attention to it. As a man, you have a responsibility to yourself, your friends, and your family to take care of your health and your body. As the rate of diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate, you have an obligation to your loved ones to inform yourself of the signs and symptoms of diabetes, so you don’t become another statistic.
Speaking of statistics, one of the biggest increases of type 2 diabetes has been among men. Even more alarming, is the fact that an estimated 7 million people in the United States have diabetes and don’t know it.
Some men are more at risk for diabetes than others, and age is certainly a factor. Having diabetes also increases your risk of other major health issues like heart disease, eye disease, and nerve damage. Do you know the major risk factors for type 2 diabetes (adult onset diabetes)?
- Being overweight
- A sedentary lifestyle
- A diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates
- A diet low in fiber and whole grains
- A family history of type 2 diabetes in your immediate family.
Diabetes is a serious disease that many scientists believe is caused by the recent increase of obesity. Those extra pounds you’ve been thinking of losing, may have a more drastic effect on you and your loved ones than you realize. When you gain excess weight, cells in your liver, muscles, and fat tissue become less responsive to insulin. When these cells don’t respond to insulin, they don’t absorb glucose from your bloodstream. Glucose is important in providing your cells with energy. Without the energy the cells need, they aren’t able to properly do their job, resulting in poor circulation and even blindness. With the extra glucose in the bloodstream that your cells aren’t absorbing, you start to see nerve and blood vessel damage. This leads to heart disease, strokes, blindness, kidney disease, and gum infections.
Okay, so have we got your attention? Are you ready to do what it takes to make sure you’re around for your friends and family as long as possible? Are you ready to be the man they need you to be?
Now, you’re probably wondering what some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes are. We urge you to call us if you notice any of these symptoms, so the professionals at the Men’s Vitality Center can run the proper tests and help you with diabetes management as early as possible. Remember, it’s completely possible to lead a fairly normal life with diabetes if you get it under control early.
- Increased thirst and hunger
- Urinating more frequently, especially at night
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blurry vision
- Sores that don’t heal
The Men’s Vitality Center focuses on men’s health and wellness. Our highly trained medical professionals can help you through diabetes testing, diabetes management, diabetes medications, and/or anything else you’re concerned about. Call us today!