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This fathers day we would like to raise awareness about mens health and diabetes management, as some diabetes symptoms are unique to men. Men face the risk of Type 2 diabetes at a lower level of weight gain and fat build up than women, and can experience a unique range of symptoms. It is important to recognise and address issues that affect men with diabetes to help provide better support and management.
Some general symptoms of diabetes may include experiencing a lack of energy, stress, anxiety and fatigue. Medications may also have side effects, so consult your doctor before changing medications and deciding which treatment is best for you.
We have compiled some tips for managing your diabetes:
1. Controlling your blood sugar through your diet.
Having a healthy and well-balanced diet is important when managing diabetes to keep blood glucose levels stable and maintain a healthy lifestyle
2. Cut back on alcohol consumption
Alcohol can sometimes make diabetes complications worse, as it impacts the liver in regulating blood sugar. Therefore, limit your alcohol consumption and look out for symptoms.
3. Stop smoking
According to the FDA, smokers are 30%-40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. It can also make regulating insulin levels more difficult, as high levels of nicotine can lessen the effectiveness of insulin.
4. Exercise regularly
Maintaining an active lifestyle can help control blood sugar levels and reduces cardiovascular risk factors. It also contributes to weight loss and improves overall well-being.
5. Get enough rest
Getting enough sleep may help you control your blood sugar throughout the day. It may also make you more alert, increase energy, and less stressed leading to an overall better mindset for monitoring and managing your diabetes.
A 2016 study in BMJ Open found that men are at a high risk of diabetes after less relative weight gain than women are. Therefore it is important to consult your doctor or dietician who can help you with managing your diabetes and recommend treatment plans. With the correct management and maintenance, you can lower your risks of some symptoms and manage your diabetes successfully.
Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.