In today’s fast-paced world, if something doesn’t affect us directly, we tend to have a difficult time giving it much attention. No matter who you are, you have a responsibility to yourself, your friends, and your family to take care of your health and your body. As the incidence of diabetes in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate, you have an obligation to your loved ones to inform yourself of the signs and symptoms of diabetes. At Men’s Vitality Center in Tempe, we’ve helped hundreds of men effectively manage their diabetes and live healthy, normal lives.

Did you know that an estimated 7 million people in the United States have diabetes and don’t know it?

Diabetes is a serious disease that many doctors believe is caused by increasing obesity rates. Those extra pounds you’ve been meaning to lose may have a more drastic effect on you and your loved ones than you realize. When you gain excess weight, cells in your liver, muscles, and fat tissue become less responsive to insulin. When these cells don’t respond to insulin, they don’t absorb glucose from your bloodstream. Glucose is important in providing your cells with energy. Without the energy the cells need, they aren’t able to properly do their job, resulting in poor circulation and even blindness. With the extra glucose in the bloodstream that your cells aren’t absorbing, you may start to see nerve and blood vessel damage. This can lead to heart disease, strokes, blindness, kidney disease, and gum infections. Some men are more at risk for diabetes than others, and age is certainly a factor. Having diabetes also increases your risk of other major health issues including heart disease, eye disease, and nerve damage.

In short, it’s important to seek out diabetes treatment as soon as you begin to experience symptoms, or if you receive a diagnosis from your physician.

What’s the Difference Between Type I and Type II Diabetes?

While both forms of diabetes share symptoms and treatments, Type I diabetes is most commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents. This form of diabetes is often hereditary, and it occurs when the immune system turns on pancreatic cells and prevents them from producing insulin. Type II diabetes is more commonly diagnosed in older adults, though some children and teens do develop the condition. It is estimated that between 90 and 95% of people with diabetes are Type II diabetics. Lifestyle factors are often the primary causes of Type II diabetes, and those who are pre-diabetic may be able to avoid the condition by making significant lifestyle changes under the guidance of a physician.

Below you will find a list a few of the most common Type II risk factors and symptoms you should be watching for:

Common Risk Factors of Type 2 Diabetes

  • Being overweight
  • Obesity
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • A diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates
  • A diet low in fiber and whole grains
  • A family history of Type II diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Common Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Urinating more frequently, especially at night
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blurry vision
  • Sores that don’t heal
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased sex drive (low libido)

While these lists are not exhaustive, they do contain the most common risk factors and symptoms that men with diabetes typically experience. We urge you to call us if you notice any of the symptoms above, so the professionals at the Men’s Vitality Center can run the proper diagnostic tests and help you with diabetes management as early as possible. Remember, it’s completely possible to lead a fairly normal life with diabetes if you get it under control early. Moreover, even if your symptoms are not caused by diabetes, they may be caused by another manageable condition.

Men’s Vitality Center in Tempe specializes in a variety of services for men’s health and wellness. Our highly trained medical professionals can help you effectively manage your diabetes to live a healthy and normal life. If you’re considering a weight loss program to help control your diabetes or need help managing high levels of cholesterol, we can help with that, too! We know that losing weight can seem intimidating at first, and it can be even more discouraging if you’ve unsuccessfully tried to lose weight in the past. Just like our diabetes management and treatment programs, our weight loss programs for men are tailored to your unique needs and your lifestyle, helping you to lose weight and make changes to your lifestyle that will help you keep it off.

Are you ready to take back your life and manage your diabetes effectively? Contact our state-of-the-art facility in Tempe by calling our office or by filling out the form below for an appointment!

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