Figures released show that five Australian men pass away each hour from conditions that could have been avoided? One of these conditions is Type 2 diabetes.
There are just over 22 million people living in Australia; there are over 304,000 million people living in the United States. Rather than five men dying every hour, the numbers for the United States are much higher. Regardless of how low or high the number is, any one, any man who passes away from a condition that can be avoided appears to be a waste of life.
Living the Life You Choose:
While death is seen as a part of life, there's no need to bring it about before absolutely necessary... the average life span for a male now is 75... five years less than the average lifespan for females. One of the main reasons women live longer is that they go to the doctor for more checkups and are quicker at reporting bothersome symptoms. Why not think about an annual visit to your doctor? A 20-minute visit can do more than save your life, it could even lead to a better quality of life. After all, your doctor will check:
your heart prostate gland lungs blood pressure and cholesterol levels
And of course your blood sugar levels and HbA1c.
Your doctor will take into consideration the other medical issues you have and whether or not they are related to Type 2 diabetes.
Impotence is a common complaint of men with diabetes... between one third and two thirds of men with Type 2 diabetes have trouble getting an erection. Another sexual problem linked to diabetes is retrogade ejaculation, in which ejaculation goes backward into the bladder. This affects roughly 2% of men who have Type 2. Don't hesitate to mention impotency issues... quality of life is also important.
Avoiding the Type 2 Diagnosis?
Did you want to think that your Type 2 diabetes diagnosis was a mistake? You didn't want to hear those words; so maybe if you ignore the diagnosis, it will go away. But it's not just diabetes you are thinking about avoiding... it's any condition. It's the biggest reason that so many men die from preventable conditions.
Type 2 diabetes can be controlled and it's possible to live a healthy life minus heart attacks and strokes. An accurate check of your long-term sugar control is measured by a test called HbA1c which gives an accurate reading of how much sugar is being carried in your red blood cells. Many doctors recommend this test be performed at least twice yearly.
Diabetes is a long-term condition that will affect you every day for the rest of your life. Try to accept your Type 2 diabetes... at this time there is no known cure. You can live the life you choose... by making changes in you lifestyle to support your treatment goals, you can still be flexible in your day-to-day activities and have a long rewarding life.Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis and the Affect on Men's Health!