Diabetes is a chronic condition that has reached epidemic proportions. The disease is slightly more prevalent among men than women.
Diabetes is characterised by the body’s inability to control blood glucose levels properly. Insulin hormone is used by the body tomake sure that the glucose in the body is evenly distributed. The disease affects everybody differently and its treatment too is different for everyone.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), good glucose control helps reduce the complications of diabetes by about 60 percent. However, there are some differences in the treatment of diabetes in men and women.
Diabetes in women develops slowly and may not exhibit any symptoms at first. Women leading unhealthy lifestyle are at increased risk of diabetes. The development of diabetic complications may lead to heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. Elderly women with diabetes are at greater risk of coronary heart disease, hyperglycaemia or hypoglycaemia and vision problems. The condition can also cause pregnancy problems such as a miscarriage or a baby born with birth defects.
Diabetes management in women
The symptoms of diabetes in men can sometimes seem harmless at first but can occur with more severity. The early symptoms include a frequent and excessive hunger or thirst, an unexplained weight loss, urge to urinate and a feeling of fatigue. As compared to women, men are also more inclined to feeling the symptoms of heart problems associated with diabetes. Men may also experience sexual conditions such as erectile dysfunction.
Diabetes management in men
Once your diabetes is diagnosed, you must learn how to live with it. It is a manageable condition; know the things that ensure that it doesn’t put a damper on your life.
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