Diabetes doesn’t discriminate. It affects men, women, children, and anyone of any race. And, no matter who you are, it can be very difficult to manage. Not everyone is affected by diabetes the same, however, and men with diabetes face some particular struggles unique to their gender.
What’s more, men who have been diagnosed with diabetes may experience certain problems, and be unaware they are linked to their blood sugar issues.
According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report 2014, 15.5 million men in the United States have diabetes — that’s 13.6% of the population.
Men with diabetes outnumber women, who make up 13.4 million of the total country’s diabetic population. Both genders with the condition are at high risk for complications like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, vision issues, kidney disease, and amputation, among many others.
That being said, there are several problems specific to men with diabetes — problems men may not want to talk about.
What Specific Problems Do Men with Diabetes Face?
Let’s be realistic, men and women may be equal, but they aren’t the same biologically. This means the effects of diabetes on men create some unique problems.