The focus of Men’s Health Week 2018 is on men and diabetes.
Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly.
The glucose in your blood is the body’s main source of energy and comes from the food we eat. Insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas breaks down the glucose in the food and makes it available to the cells to be used for energy. However, if your body does not produce any insulin or insufficient quantities of the hormone, the glucose remains in the blood and does not reach the cells. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can lead to a variety of health problems and health complications including heart attacks, kidney failure, blindness and leg amputations.
Diabetes is easy to diagnose. A simple blood test will tell you if you have diabetes and spotting diabetes early means that it can be treated and you can avoid or reduce further complication.
If diabetes is promptly recognised and controlled with treatment, the progression of complications can be prevented or slowed.
Research shows that men are more likely to:
- get diabetes
- suffer complications of diabetes
- face amputation as a result of diabetes
- die from diabetes.
You can prevent diabetes by:
• Adopting a healthy lifestyle
• Choosing a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fibre and cereals
• Avoiding overeating
• Exercising regularly
• Watching out for warning signs