Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
Historically, men have been uncomfortable discussing health issues including sexual function, depression, and obesity. As a result, men compared to women in the United States live shorter and less healthy lives. With increasing numbers of men becoming obese (BMI >30) there has been a marked increase in the rates of cardiovascular disease (including heart attack and stroke), type 2 diabetes (T2DM), fatty liver disease, degenerative joint disease, and sleep disturbances (obstructive sleep apnea).
The 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Statistics Report shows that an estimated 11.3 million men are known to have T2DM while an estimated 4 million men have undiagnosed T2DM. Untreated or poorly treated T2DM significantly increases a man’s risk of death from heart attack or stroke, and decreases quality of life. Men with untreated T2DM can develop problems with their vision, have reduced kidney function leading to the need for dialysis, and develop pain in their feet and are at risk for developing foot ulcers. Additionally, men with T2DM are twice as likely to suffer from low testosterone, which can lead to low libido (sex drive), erectile dysfunction, lack of energy, and depressed mood.
If you are over-weight or obese and are experiencing excessive thirst and urination or are waking 2-3 times nightly to pass urine, you may have undiagnosed T2DM. We encourage all men with these symptoms be evaluated by a health care professional. If you feel you need more intensive management for your T2DM simply have your primary care provider refer you to the UNC Hospitals Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic at Meadowmont that offers aggressive nutritional and medical management of obesity, prediabetes, and T2DM.
If you are worried you or a loved one may be experiencing symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes, please contact your primary care physician or schedule an appointment with a provider as soon as possible.
Author: Eric Klett, MD
UNC Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic at Meadowmont
300 Meadowmont Village Circle Suite 202
Chapel Hill, NC 27517