Diabetes ‘decimating’ men with one in ten now suffering from it 

Martin Tod, chief executive of the Men’s Health Forum said: “Men are more likely to get diabetes. More likely to suffer complications.  More likely to face amputation as a result of diabetes. And more likely to die from diabetes.”

“The toxic combination of ever more men being overweight, men getting diabetes at a lower BMI and health services that don’t work well enough for working age men is leading to a crisis,” he said.

Peter Baker, report author, said: “Diabetes has been described as a national health emergency but the burden of the disease on men has not been fully recognised or responded to by health policymakers and practitioners. What’s now urgently needed is an approach that takes full account of sex and gender differences so that both men and women’s outcomes can be improved.”

Pav Kalsi, senior clinical advisor for Diabetes UK said: “What’s clear is that men are more likely to be overweight or obese, and so at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. So, efforts to increase uptake and engagement of men in weight management will help to reduce both the number of men living with Type 2 diabetes, and diabetes-related complications.

“As men are disproportionately experiencing some worse outcomes, for instance related to foot ulcers and amputations, more research is needed to understand the underlying reasons for this.”

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England’s national clinical director for obesity and diabetes, said: “Men are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes with a lack of exercise, poor diet and being overweight all risk factors to developing Type 2 over time.

“Across the majority of England people at high risk can now get help on the NHS’s diabetes prevention programme, which is seeing almost as many men attend as women – a much higher proportion than usually seen in weight loss programmes.”

Earlier this month an international report found spiralling obesity levels have left Britain the sixth…

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