Diabetes For Men: a basic intro

11/06/18 . News

Launched to mark Men's Health Week 2018, Diabetes For Men is the latest of the Men’s Health Forum’s award-winning man manuals produced in partnership with Haynes. 

With diabetes increasing, men are particularly affected. They are more likely to get the condition, more likely to endure complications like limb amputation and more likely to die as a result. One man in ten now has diabetes.

This guide cuts through the confusion and jargon to explain in simple terms:

  • what diabetes is
  • how diet may beat diabetes
  • how physical activity can help
  • how diabetes can affect sex

It includes the experiences and stories of men with both main types of diabetes.

The guide is for all men, with and without diabetes, and will be of particular use to men at increased risk of the condition or newly-diagnosed.

Martin Tod, Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum, said:

Diabetes is a dangerous condition that is decimating men particularly. Yet there is a lack of information which speaks our language or is indeed even addressed at us. What men tell us they want is not a lecture on diet or confusing medical detail but basic information about what the problem is and what they can do about it. We hope Diabetes For Men will meet those needs.

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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