Diabetes is a serious condition that can affect men and women, although as a man, you are often at higher risk. Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in men according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with your risk increasing as you age.
Men with a Higher Risk
Before looking at what diabetes is and how it can affect you, you should know if you are at risk for getting it. Typically, a man who is of older age is already at higher risk, especially when you reach middle age. You might also be at risk if you are overweight, are mostly sedentary with very little exercise, and if your diet is high in carbs and sugar.
If you had a parent with diabetes, this also adds to your chances of having diabetes.
Early Warning Signs
To check for diabetes, it is as simple as getting a blood test from your doctor. However, your doctor might not automatically test for the disease unless you have a high risk factor. It is also good to know what the main signs are before you get an actual diagnosis. While it can vary, for type 2 diabetes, warning signs often include urinating frequently and having excessive thirst that never seems to go away. Other signs may soon follow, but these tend to be the first ones you will notice.
Get checked – many neglect going to the doctor to get a checkup because they are either “too busy” or just plain don’t want to hear bad news. Be realistic about your health. Once you know, there are many easy things you can do.
If you are a man that is at high risk, are nearing middle age, now is the time to start taking action. This begins with having a healthy lifestyle, including eating a healthy diet with “good” fat foods, high fiber and low sugar and low carbohydrates. You also want to get regular exercise to maintain a normal weight. Know your family history – ask a family member if they know your history of diabetes or even any other illnesses.
Diabetes can be very treatable depending on what stage of it you are at. Your chances of complications are much lower when you pay close attention to your health and follow doctor’s orders for treating the disease.
Many people in our modern age live with diabetes, but that doesn’t mean you need to suffer from it anymore. Get the right knowledge in order to act upon it appropriately.
Don’t let diabetes shorten your life!