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Diabetes & Men's Health*

Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can reduce the chance of developing the complications of diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as j Juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce the hormone insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Finding out you have diabetes is scary, but shouldn’t cause you to panic. While Type 1 diabetes is serious, people with diabetes can live long, healthy, happy lives.

Some symptoms of Type 1 diabetes include:

  1. Frequent urination
  2. Excessive thirst
  3. Extreme hunger
  4. Unusual weight loss
  5. Increased fatigue
  6. Irritability
  7. Blurry vision

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems:

  • Right away, your cells may be starved for energy.
  • Over time, high blood glucose levels may hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart.

Sometimes, people with Type II diabetes don’t notice any symptoms or the symptoms are experienced gradually. They include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts or sores that are slow to heal
  • Itchy skin, yeast infections
  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Need to urinate often
  • Leg Pain

Living With Diabetes

While it is easy to become overwhelmed by your diabetes and all that comes along with it, it is possible to break that mind set and realize living successfully with diabetes is achievable.

Common Concerns

  • When You’re Sick: Being sick can make your blood glucose (sugar) level go up very high. It can also cause serious conditions that can put you in a coma. The best way to prevent a minor illness from becoming a major problem is to work out a plan of action for sick days ahead of time.
  • Flu & Pneumonia Shots: Having the flu can be dangerous for anyone. But it is extra risky for people with diabetes or other chronic health problems.
  • When You Travel: Planning a trip? Whether you’re camping or cruising, you can go anywhere and do almost anything. It just takes a little planning ahead to handle your diabetes.
  • Tips for Emergency Preparedness: Recent concerns about terrorist attacks have simply increased our awareness of the need to be prepared if a disaster strikes. People with diabetes must consider proper diabetes care when they make emergency plans.
  • Anger. Diabetes is the perfect breeding ground for anger: Anger can start at diagnosis with the question, “Why me?” You may dwell on how unfair diabetes is: “I’m so angry at this disease! I don’t want to treat it. I don’t want to control it. I hate it!”
  • Depression. Feeling down once in a while is normal: There are many daunting tasks involved in managing diabetes. Sometimes, the simple burden of following through on the basics of care can be overwhelming and depressing. But some people feel a sadness that just won’t go away. Life seems hopeless. Feeling this way most of the day for two weeks or more is a sign of serious depression.
  • Denial: Denial is that voice inside repeating: “Not me.” Most people go through denial when they are first diagnosed with diabetes. “I don’t believe it. There must be some mistake,” they say.

The Answer – Change with the Times

Times have changed and so have men. We are now in the era of the modern man. Modern men have a strong grasp of their disease and related conditions, they actively engage their health care providers, and proactively manage their health. The American Diabetes Association is encouraging all men with diabetes to become “modern men.” Take the modern man challenge. Get out, get active, and get informed! There are modifiable risk factors and non-modifiable risk factors. Avoid and mitigate the modifiable risk factors to the extent possible by your own behavior, over which only you have control.

Modifiable Risk Factors

* Overweight & Obesity
* High blood glucose
* High blood pressure
* Physical inactivity
* Smoking

Non-modifiable Risk Factors

* Age
* Race
* Gender
* Family history

Diabetes and Sex (Erectile Dysfunction)

Sex is an important part of life and relationships, but diabetes can affect a man’s sex life. Some men with diabetes have impotence, also called erectile dysfunction or ED. ED is when a man can no longer have or keep an erection. Over time, blood vessels and nerves in the penis can become damaged. This can lead to ED. If you have ED, there is hope. There are ways to treat ED. ED is not a normal part of getting older, and it doesn’t happen to all men who have diabetes. ED can also be caused by other conditions, such as prostate or bladder surgery. Talk with your health care team about new therapies.

If you have ED or some other sexual problem, it’s normal to feel embarrassed or upset. You may blame yourself or your partner. Some men feel guilty and angry. Others feel like there’s no hope. These feelings can make it hard to talk openly with your partner or your doctor. But talking about ED means you’re a step closer to getting help.

Men’s Clinics of Americas have helped thousands of diabetes patients regain their ability to achieve and maintain fully penetrable erections and to have the confidence that they are able to engage in normal sexual relations with their significant other, and to be able to sexually satisfy their partner in the way that they truly wish to be able to. Seek treatment now, and you, too, can have a fully satisfying sexual life starting right now!!

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