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:
The report calls for better engagement of men in:
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Article by Ian Mundy, Associate Coach, in support of Mens Health Week find out more here