Men’s Health Risks

No one’s diabetes is the same, but there are some differences in how diabetes affects men versus women.

Not only are men more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, but they are also more likely to struggle with self-care because men tend to ignore health issues.

Men can also experience gender-specific health issues as a result of diabetes. Uncontrolled blood sugar, high blood pressure, chronic smoking, and obesity can increase the risk of sexual problems.

Type 2 diabetes may cause the following health issues in men:

Low testosterone

Erectile dysfunction

Urologic issues

Keep in mind that medications may cause low testosterone or ED, but it’s best to speak to your healthcare provider or diabetes educator if you’re experiencing sexual health issues.

There are ways to prevent complications from diabetes.

  • Eat a balanced, healthy diet with plenty of lean protein, fresh vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Avoid excess sugar, calories, and fat.
  • Quit smoking and cut back or eliminate alcohol.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.