Men More Likely to Have Undiagnosed Diabetes

11/14/2009

 A study published in the journal Diabetic Medicine (November 2009) reports that men were twice as likely as women to have undiagnosed diabetes.  Over 6,700 patients from the United Kingdom aged 52 to 79 were evaluated.  Nine percent of the total patients had diabetes.  Previously unrecognized diabetes was found in 22% of the men and 12% of the women in this study.

 Some of the warning signs of diabetes include:

 Frequent urination

Unusual thirst

Extreme hunger

Unusual weight loss

Extreme fatigue and Irritability

Frequent infections

Blurred vision

Cuts/bruises that heal slowly

Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet

 Both men and women need to make sure they have regular screenings for diabetes, especially if they are overweight or if they have relatives with diabetes – this increases your risk.  If you do not know your risk for diabetes why not talk to your healthcare provider this month – November is American Diabetes Month!

 Diabetes is a strong risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Looking for some healthy lifestyle information visit www.heart-strong.com

 

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Are You Ready for American Diabetes Month?

11/05/2009

November is American Diabetes Month, devoted to increasing awareness about diabetes and educating people about the prevention and  treatment of diabetes.  We all need to pay attention to this increasing epidemic. 

Some alarming facts about diabetes:

1 in 3 American children born this year will develop diabetes if they follow the typical American diet and lifestyle.

Every 20 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes is the #1 cause of blindness in adults.

Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for heart disease and stroke in both men and women.  Adults with diabetes are at a 2 to 6 times higher risk of having a heart attack.

The American Diabetes Association has just released some great new educational videos covering a multitude of diabetes lifestyle and management tips.  Go to www.libertymedical.com to view free.

Also during the month of November help get the message out there to both adults and kids about the risks associated with diabetes, prevention tips and the importance of appropriate management. 

Why should you get involved?  Someone you know either has diabetes or is at risk to develop diabetes (maybe even you).

Two of the most important things to do to prevent diabetes:

1)      Maintain a healthy weight AND waist (men’s waist circumference should be less than 40 inches and women’s waist circumference should be less than 35 inches)

2)      Get a moderate amount of exercise daily

“Take Charge: A Woman’s Guide to a Healthier Heart” discusses how women can control their  risk factors to prevent a heart attack, stroke and diabetes.  Also include info for women with diabetes – how to control your risk factors to prevent heart disease.

 “Take Charge: A Man’s Roadmap to a Healthier Heart” is due to be released Fall 2009. For more info visit www.heart-strong.com