Men are more likely to suffer from diabetes-related health problems, according to the American Diabetes Association. That’s due, in part, to the fact that a third of men with Type 2 diabetes, the more common form of the disease, don’t even know they have it, according to a recent article from TodaysTHV.com.
Type 2 diabetes is commonly referred to as “adult onset diabetes” even though it can affect people of all ages. People who have Type 2 diabetes become insulin resistant, meaning their body produces insulin, but doesn’t use it properly. Therefore, many with this form of the disease take pills or even inject extra insulin in order to regulate the amount of sugar in their blood.
Some of the side-effects or complications that men may suffer from include retinopathy, a problem in the eyes that can lead to blindness if left untreated, impotence and amputations. They can also experience peripheral vascular disorder, or PVD, which is a pain in the thigh, calf or butt during exercise that is linked to a dramatic increased risk for heart disease and stroke.