Studies show that men are less likely than women to get medical care. They are also more likely to have unhealthy lifestyles. And they often don’t want to talk about their health or monitor it regularly. If you are a man with diabetes, you can learn how to manage your diabetes and take care of your health.
Diabetes Can Lead to Health Problems
If you have diabetes, you have a greater chance of erectile dysfunction (impotence). That is when a man can no longer have or keep an erection. You may also be at risk for other health issues such as:
- Stroke and heart problems
- Eye problems that make you lose your sight
- Kidney problems that cause your kidneys to stop working
- Tooth and gum problems
- Pain, tingling, or numbness in your hands and feet that can lead to the loss of a toe or foot
There are healthy changes you can make every day to help prevent or delay diabetes complications. Like quitting smoking if you smoke, reaching and staying at a healthy weight, being physically active, and following your doctor’s recommendations. Start slow. Even small changes in your everyday life can make a big difference in your overall health.
Start Improving Your Health Today
If you put your health first, there are many ways you can lead a healthier life and manage your diabetes. Regular care by a health care provider is important if you have diabetes. Follow these steps to start taking better care of your diabetes and improve your health:
- Find a doctor you can trust.
- Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
- Ask your doctor what you can do to avoid or reduce stress.
- Learn about types of physical activity you could try to reach and stay at a healthy weight.
- Ask your doctor to help you find a diabetes education program that is right for you.
- Get support from family members and friends to help you stay on track to manage your diabetes.