Diabetes Signs and Symptoms for Men
I guess I can say, I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
Type 2 Diabetes used to be known in the ‘olden days’ as either ‘non insulin’ dependent diabetes, sugar diabetes, or adult onset diabetes.
It just so happens to be the most common form of diabetes and is said to affect around 90% plus of the men that have diabetes.
The primary difference between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes is that people with type 2 diabetes still do produce insulin, but the disease becomes prominent due to the fact that their pancreas either doesn’t produce sufficient insulin, or their bodies aren’t able to utilise the insulin they do produce, resulting in insulin sensitivity.
The resultant effect of when the insulin is not being able to fulfil its role in the body (which is to transport the sugar into the cells for energy) is that the sugar in the bloodstream effectively stays in the bloodstream, leading to the various problems associated with ‘sugary blood’.
This means the blood becomes more viscous, it maintains a level of ongoing sweetness (which it attractive to bacteria, etc) and it also means the body isn’t able to find the energy levels it often needs, leading to a feeling of tiredness.
Also, because of the unusual saturation of sugar in the blood, the body’s natural coping mechanism is to try and dilute this blood, hence the feeling of thirst, or dehydration. The kidneys do their best to get rid of the sugar in the blood and call on water within the body to expel it in the form of urine, hence the regular need to pee, and this too results in a feeling of dehydration and more thirst. If permitted to continue, and severe dehydration occurs and the person is not able to drink sufficient fluids to rid the body of the excess blood sugar, there is the potential for a life threatening condition of ‘diabetic coma’ developing.
Common Symptoms Experienced by Men Who Develop Type 2 Diabetes
The common problems that are experienced by people who are either ‘undiagnosed’ diabetics, or are ‘on their way’ to developing diabetes include;
- Unexplainable tiredness, especially after having eaten
- The urge to urinate more frequently (and especially so at night)
- The feeling of unusual thirst
- Itchiness of the skin
- Ongoing pervasive headaches
- Wounds, cuts or skin conditions that take longer than expected to heal
- Blurred vision
- Tingling fingers and/or feet
These are by no means the only symptoms you may experience, and also, you don’t need to experience them all, to be diabetic. From memory, I only ever experienced the headaches, and the regular thirst. If you have any of these symptoms and you are overweight and generally don’t do any exercise, then it may be a really good idea of you go and talk to your GP or Doctor.
The long term complications of having continual ‘uncontrolled’ blood sugar levels is chronic damage to the body and the organs. Over a period of time (and this is why diabetes is considered the long term slow killer) the nerves become damaged leading to eye problems, kidney issues, poor (or lack of) circulation to the extremities like the feet and hands (even resulting in amputation eventually). Diabetics also become prone to heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, depression, and anxieties.
Who is Likely to Get Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have a target client. It is NOT selective. The typical belief that you must be overweight, hispanic, or have a history of it in your family are not the required attributes in order for you to get type 2 diabetes.
It can strike anyone, anytime. Even if you’re physically fit, slim and have no history of it in your family, you can still get diabetes. Your chances may be reduced if you fit that last description, but you are no less likely to be a candidate.
Men who are acknowledged as being at the highest risk for the disease are men who are obese or overweight. If you have the typical range of ‘lifestyle associated concerns’ such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low good ‘HDL’ cholesterol and high ‘LDL’ cholesterol, as well as high blood pressure, then technically you would have what is known as ‘metabolic syndrome’ meaning that unless you make dramatic changes to your lifestyle, you are a likely candidate to develop type 2 diabetes within the next couple of years. Older people also have a greater susceptibility of becoming diabetic due to the fact that the ageing process makes the body less able to tolerate sugars in the blood. In my experience of having had this disease for about 12 off years, I have seen others in their sixties and seventies, who aren’t necessarily overweight or obese develop diabetes.