Men’s Health Week is an annual event which is carried out the week before Father’s Day and each year a different topic is chosen to be the focal point of the week.
This year will look at diabetes as it is an illness that is on the rise amongst the male population with one in ten men set to be diagnosed in the UK in the coming years. Diabetes is an incurable illness which is caused by an absent or small amount of insulin produced by the pancreas. More common in men than women and often diagnosed in children and young adults the illness is split into two categories, Type One and Type Two.
Type One Diabetes is often diagnosed in children and occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s cells and there is no production of insulin.
Type Two Diabetes is categorised as being diagnosed in older people who have a body that does not respond to insulin which leads to a build in the body.
Signs and Symptoms
• Urinating frequently
• Drinking more frequently
• Feeling tired more
• Blurry vision
• Injuries that won’t heal
Often suffers of Type 1 Diabetes will experience mood swings or irritability and Type Two suffers might experience a numb or tingling sensation in their hands or feet.
If you think you might have diabetes it is important to contact your GP as soon as possible as they will be able to advise you of the next steps to take.
For more information and support about diabetes see https://www.diabetes.org.uk/