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WHAT IS DIABETES?
• Diabetes is caused by lack
of insulin leading blood
sugar levels to become too
high.
• It affects near...

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• Insulin ...

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WHAT ARETHE SYMPTOMS?
The symptoms of diabetes are:
• feeling very thirsty
• peeing a lot, especially at night
• feeling v...

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  1. 1. WHAT IS DIABETES? • Diabetes is caused by lack of insulin leading blood sugar levels to become too high. • It affects nearly 3 million people in the UK. • PLUS there are about 850,000 people who don’t know they have diabetes. • Untreated diabetes can kill. Image: Jakob Suckale, Michele Solimena © Men’s Health Forum 2013 • more health information at menshealthforum.org.uk • your website Your logo
  2. 2. © Men’s Health Forum 2013 • menshealthforum.org.uk • more health info at malehealth.co.uk or mysainsburys.co.uk • Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. • Insulin controls your blood sugar levels. • When you eat, insulin converts the sugar in 
 the blood from food into energy. • When you have diabetes, you do not have
 the insulin to do this. • This leads to the symptoms of diabetes and
 can cause long-term damage if untreated. WHAT IS INSULIN? © Men’s Health Forum 2013 • more health information at menshealthforum.org.uk • your website Your logo
  3. 3. WHAT ARETHE SYMPTOMS? The symptoms of diabetes are: • feeling very thirsty • peeing a lot, especially at night • feeling very tired. Other symptoms include:
 weight-loss, loss of muscle 
 bulk, itchiness around the 
 sexual organs, thrush, 
 blurred vision, cramps and 
 skin infections. © Men’s Health Forum 2013 • menshealthforum.org.uk • more health info at malehealth.co.uk or mysainsburys.co.uk© Men’s Health Forum 2013 • more health information at menshealthforum.org.uk • your website Your logo
  4. 4. WHAT DOES DIABETES DO? Diabetes can: • double the risk of heart disease or stroke • increase the risk of kidney disease • lead to limb amputation • double the risk of depression • cause erection problems • cause problems in pregnancy • reduce life expectancy • increase the risk of blindness by 10-20 times. © Men’s Health Forum 2013 • menshealthforum.org.uk • image: Paul Holloway • more health info at malehealth.co.uk or mysainsburys.co.uk© Men’s Health Forum 2013 • more health information at menshealthforum.org.uk • your website Your logo
  5. 5. TYPES OF DIABETES Type 1 diabetes (10% of cases) Usually affects: • younger people with • thinner body shape and • can come on suddenly. The body’s immune system destroys insulin-producing cells. People with type 1 diabetes need insulin injections for the rest of their lives. © Men’s Health Forum 2013 • menshealthforum.org.uk • image: MegaBu7 • more health info at malehealth.co.uk or mysainsburys.co.uk© Men’s Health Forum 2013 • more health information at menshealthforum.org.uk • your website Your logo
  6. 6. TYPES OF DIABETES Type 2 diabetes (90% of cases) Usually affects: • adults over 35 who are • overweight and • often develops gradually. The body produces some but not enough insulin. Sometimes, symptoms can be controlled with diet and exercise. © Men’s Health Forum 2013 • menshealthforum.org.uk • image: MegaBu7 • more health info at malehealth.co.uk or mysainsburys.co.uk© Men’s Health Forum 2013 • more health information at menshealthforum.org.uk • your website Your logo
  7. 7. DIABETES IS INCREASING In the UK, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled since 1996 to around 3 million. It is estimated that by 2025 five million people in the UK will have diabetes. Men aged 35-54 are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as women of the same age. © Men’s Health Forum 2013 • menshealthforum.org.uk • more health info at malehealth.co.uk or mysainsburys.co.uk People with diabetes in MILLIONS © Men’s Health Forum 2013 • more health information at menshealthforum.org.uk • your website Your logo
  8. 8. HOWTO AVOID DIABETES You are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes if you: • have a family history of diabetes • are of south-east Asian,African or African-Caribbean descent • are overweight • smoke • take little exercise • have a poor diet © Men’s Health Forum 2013 • menshealthforum.org.uk • image: tobyotter • more health info at malehealth.co.uk or mysainsburys.co.uk© Men’s Health Forum 2013 • more health information at menshealthforum.org.uk • your website Your logo
  9. 9. WHO CAN HELP? © Men’s Health Forum 2013 • menshealthforum.org.uk • Halle Berry:Tom Sorenson • more health info at malehealth.co.uk or mysainsburys.co.uk • If you have any symptoms or are concerned in anyway, see your GP. • Properly managed, diabetes need not spoil your life. You can be a Hollywood movie star or even lift the FA Cup with diabetes. • Diabetes UK can provide further information. © Men’s Health Forum 2013 • more health information at menshealthforum.org.uk • your website Your logo

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