Men are 26 per cent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women, according to a new survey.
The report, One in Ten: The Male Diabetes Crisis, was carried out by The Men’s Health Forum charity. It also showed that one in 10 men in the UK now have type 2 diabetes.
The findings suggested that men with diabetes are also more likely to suffer from complications linked to the condition. The report said 69.6 per cent of those who see a healthcare professional with a foot ulcer are men and they are twice as likely as woman to require amputation.
There is, however, plenty of opportunity to prevent these complications from developing. Southport GP and leading low-carb advocate Dr David Unwin has spoken how a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can present a “golden opportunity” for people to take charge of their health.
Martin Tod, chief executive of the Men’s Health Forum, said of the report: “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. We need urgent action.”
The charity has called for more men to undergo diabetes health checks, recommending they are offered at football matches and other settings where men often congregate.
Peter Baker, Men’s Health Forum Associate and the 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.”
It is thought diabetes and treating the related complications costs the NHS £10 billion a year, but health experts predict costs could significantly increase if more is not done to prevent people from developing the condition.
The good news is that men who are at risk of type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related complications can benefit from our Low Carb Program, which has helped people with prediabetes avoid developing type 2 diabetes by enabling weight loss and helping them obtain better control of their blood sugar levels.
Mark Chadbourne had been struggling with type 2 diabetes and weight gain before he found the Low Carb Program. Since joining, he has shed over 40kg and put his type 2 diabetes into remissio, meaning he has healthy blood sugar levels without needing diabetes medication.

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