Diabetes in men carries a much more severe risk of permanent damage, than it does for women who also suffer with disease. More than 12 million men have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, not to mention the hundreds of thousands to even millions more that go undiagnosed, because they do not go for proper screening and treatment.
Health in Diabetes Men:
It is imperative for men to catch and properly treat this disease early as the nerve damage and limited blood blow to the penis can affect your sexual lifestyle by making it very difficult (if not impossible) to achieve and retain an erection. Although erectile dysfunction alone does not always signify diabetes, as there are many other causes of ED, it is prudent to rule this out by getting regular check-ups with your health care professional.
Nerve damage (also known as: Neuropathy) will cause you to have numbness and perhaps a “tingling” feeling in your extremities (mainly toes and fingers, but it is more than likely to affect other parts of your body). If not diagnosed and treated properly early in its’ early stages, this damage is irreversible. Nerve damage can also cause negative digestive issues, such as vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.
Common symptoms in Diabetes in Men:
Due to this poor circulation of the blood throughout the body, the arteries can harden, lead to infection and increase the risk of an amputation (which is three times more than in a woman)
Anyone that is dealing with untreated diabetes might experience vision problems due to the excess buildup of sugar (also known as: glucose) in the lens of your eye or damage the blood vessels behind the eyes. If these blood vessels (referred to as “diabetic retinopathy”), go untreated, it can, especially in men, lead to permanent blindness.
Dehydration is a common symptom for anyone who has to deal with diabetes and it is caused by the large quantities of sugar that build up in the blood. Our blood should contain sugar to energize our body, but when our kidneys lose sugar through urination, much need water for our body is also lost, leading to dehydration which will quickly lead to damage of vital internal organs including our heart.
According to the American Diabetes Association, men with diabetes can experience unexplained weight loss, this may be the result of too many calories being lost through constant urination or due to the fact that sugar is not reaching the cells and properly doing their job, leaving men with a constant feeling of hunger.
This feeling of hunger will leave a person constantly irritable and tired, since the body is not being fed with much needed nutrients to perform like a fine tuned machine. I really hope by outlining diabetes in men that you will now need to be mindful of any vague symptoms.