Men’s health week

Diabetes

Diabetes

1 in 10 men have diabetes with men 40% more likely to die prematurely of the disease than women.

Diabetes is a condition that affects the way your body processes sugar, causing blood sugar levels to become too high. There are two types of diabetes… Type 1 happens when your body can’t make any insulin, the hormone that allows sugar in our blood to enter our cells. 10% of diabetics have type 1 which has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle.

The other 90% of diabetics have type 2, where they produce insulin but it doesn’t work properly. Risk of type 2 diabetes is increased by factors such as being overweight, smoking, or not exercising enough. Its symptoms can often be controlled through lifestyle changes. It’s estimated that an additional 1 million people in UK don’t know that they are living with Type 2 diabetes.

To find out more about the symptoms of diabetes, risk factors and treatment read this guidance from Diabetes UK.