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Diabetes twice as likely amongst middle aged men

According to a recent report by diabetes charity Diabetes UK, middle-aged men face double the risk of developing diabetes compared to women of the same age.
The diabetes news was taken from a report entitled Diabetes in the UK 2009 – Key statistics on diabetes. The report indicates that men of middle age are much more likely to have diabetes than women. Furthermore, diabetes has climbed four times faster amongst men aged 35-44 during the last twelve years.
The Director of Care, Information and Advocacy at Diabetes UK, Simon O’Neill, reportedly commented: It’s very worrying that men of this age are developing diabetes at such an alarming rate compared to their female counterparts. Most of them will have Type 2 diabetes, which is strongly linked to lifestyle and can be prevented in many cases by eating a healthy balanced diet and doing regular physical activity. Women should not rest on their laurels, either. They may tend to develop the condition later in life, but the risk of death from heart disease associated with Type 2 diabetes is about 50% greater in women than it is in men — not a statistic to be ignored. Diabetes UK is calling on everyone carrying extra weight to reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by leading a healthier lifestyle. We must take action now to tackle Type 2 diabetes head-on.”

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