As stated by the National Health Interview Survey in 2014, 38.5 percent of men have not had seen a doctor within the last 6 months, and 10 percent of men haven’t seen a doctor in over a year. Before you brush off the thought of going to see your doctor more, be sure you’re up-to-speed on what up tests are vital for males.
Get Preventive Tests
Screening tests can find diseases early, when they’re easiest to treat. Talk to your doctor about which preventive medical tests you need to stay healthy.
Men are more likely to get type 2 high blood sugar at a lower weight than women. One reason is that men store more fat in their bellies, which is a known warning sign. More men have undiagnosed high blood sugar as compared to women. Uncontrolled high blood sugar puts men at greater risk for:
And even amputation of a toe, foot or leg
Men with high blood sugar are three times
more likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED).
This happens when a man cannot get or keep an erection firm enough for sex. High blood sugar can harm the nerves and blood vessels needed for an erection. Talk to your doctor about care choices.
In addition to ED, nerve harm from high blood sugar can cause other problems for men, such as:
Overactive bladder (needing to pass urine often, urinating often at night, leaking urine)
Male incontinence (leaking urine)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Retrograde ejaculation (semen is released into the bladder)
These problems could mean you need to change how you are taking care of your high blood sugar.
High Blood Sugar Care
Work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar levels close to target to avoid or lessen nerve and blood vessel harm. Healthy habits that will help you are:
Being active on most days,
Eating healthy food,
Checking your blood sugar,
Taking care of your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and
Going to doctor appointments.
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