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This week (June 11th - 17th) is Men’s Health Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of health issues that disproportionately affect men, with the focus this year being on diabetes.
It is estimated that 1 in every 10 men now has diabetes, with the prevalence in middle-aged men expected to increase sharply over the next 20 years. Compared to women, men are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and are more likely to experience complications.
What is diabetes?
The hormone insulin which is produced by the pancreas is responsible for controlling blood sugar levels. Those with diabetes either do not produce enough insulin or the insulin produced doesn't work properly.
Type 1 diabetes which often develops in children, is caused by an autoimmune reaction in which the immune system attacks insulin-producing cells. Those with type 1 diabetes produce very little or no insulin. Type 2 diabetes accounts for over 90% of all diabetes cases and occurs when the body’s cells become resistant to the effects of insulin. Because of this resistance, the body requires more insulin to aid the movement of glucose in and out of cells. Over time the body can’t make enough insulin and blood glucose levels rise. Type 2 diabetes can develop at any age and often remains undetected for many years. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include increased thirst and hunger even after eating, unexpected weight loss, frequent urination, blurred vision and wounds taking longer than usual to heal. The chances of an individual developing type 2 diabetes depend on a combination of genetic and lifestyle-related risk factors. These include age, family history, diet, physical activity and weight.
Why are men more at risk?
According to the Men’s Health Forum, compared to women, men are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes - especially at a younger age. They are also disproportionately experiencing health complications that can arise from diabetes such as diabetic retinopathy (a diabetes-related complication that affects the eyes) and foot ulcers.
There are around 12.3 million people with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Our Diabetes Check is a simple blood test that can be completed in the comfort of your own home with the results returned back to you discreetly in a matter of days. This glycosylated HB (HbA1c) blood test is used to diagnose diabetes and assess sugar control by identifying blood sugar levels over the previous 8 - 10 weeks.
To coincide with Men’s Health Week, one of our best selling male panel tests - the Well Man UltraVit is currently on offer for the whole of June. A diabetes check is included in the panel along with tests for kidney, thyroid and liver function, heart disease risk and a cholesterol status. Get inspired by Men’s Health Week and take control of your own health, or encourage the men in your life to order their test today!