Diabetes is decimating men

Posted on 14 June 2018 by You HR

This year the focus of the week will be on men and diabetes.  Men are more likely to get diabetes, more likely to suffer complications, more likely to face amputation as a result of diabetes and more likely to die from diabetes yet the sex inequalities in diabetes have not been fully recognised by health policymakers or practitioners. More attention must urgently be paid to engaging men in diabetes prevention, early diagnosis and improving care and treatment delivery.

A diabetes crisis is unfolding in the UK and men are the worst affected. One man in 10 now has diabetes and in middle-aged men the disease is expected to increase sharply in frequency over the next 20 years.  About 850,000 people have the condition but don’t yet know it. It’s not just sugar in sweet things that increases the risk; it’s also sugar in savoury foods like bread, pasta, potatoes and ready meals. Even beer!


The Men’s Health Forum’s report “One In Ten: The Male Diabetes Crisis” shows:

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  • Men are 26% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than women – with Public Health England estimates showing that 9.6% of men have type 1 or type 2 diabetes vs. 7.6% of women. One man in 10 now has diabetes.
  • Men are more likely to be overweight (BMI 25+) and to develop diabetes at a lower BMI (body mass index) than women. However, they are less likely to be aware that they are overweight or to participate in weight management programmes.
  • Men are more likely to suffer from diabetic retinopathy, foot ulcers and to have a foot amputation. 69.6% of those presenting with a foot ulcer are men. Men are more than twice as likely to have a major amputation. Studies also show that the incidence of diabetic retinopathy is significantly higher amongst men.
  • Men are more likely to die, and to die prematurely, as a result of diabetes. The age-standardised mortality rate for men with an underlying cause of death as diabetes mellitus is 40% higher than it is for women.


The report calls for better engagement of men in:

  • NHS Health Checks
  • Routine eye tests
  • Weight management programmes
  • Diabetes Education programmes


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Article by Ian Mundy, Associate Coach, in support of Mens Health Week find out more here

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