Men and Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2 Diabetes)

 

Diabetes is a disease in which the body cannot produce enough insulin, cannot use insulin, or a mix of both. In diabetes, sugar levels in the blood go up. This can cause complications if left uncontrolled. The potential health consequences are often serious.

Diabetes Raises the Risk of:

§ Cardiovascular disease

§ Problems with eyes, skin, kidneys, and nervous system

§ Erectile Dysfunction (ED), men with diabetes are more prone to ED, 20 to 75 percent of men with diabetes have ED

§ “Retrograde ejaculation,” some semen is released into the bladder with less noticeable semen released during ejaculation

§ Urologic issues, such as an overactive bladder, inability to control urination, and urinary tract infections (UTIs) (1).

Importance of Diabetes Management  

Living with diabetes means coping with the regimen of dietary management, physical exercise and periodic testing. Individuals following a diabetic regimen are faced with several unique psychological and behavioral changes. The regimen involves many daily behavioral tasks as well as changes in basic life habits, such as diet and exercise, all of which must be performed throughout life. Perhaps most important from a psychological and behavioral perspective, individuals living with diabetes must adhere to the demanding requirements of diabetes management while knowing that the eventual onset of complications is almost inevitable. Fortunately, many of these complications may be halted with awareness and attention to overall health (2,3).

Incorporate Some Healthier Lifestyle Habits into Your Morning Routine 

 
 

Practicing healthier behaviors in the morning can get your day started on the right foot and set you up for success throughout the day:

ü Drink Plenty of Water-starting the morning off with a glass or two of water, and drinking it throughout the day aids in digestion, bowel movements, increased energy, integrates mind and body functions, weight loss, and helps reduce stress and anxiety among other things (4).

ü Get Some AM Sun- The best-known benefit of sunlight is its ability to boost the body’s vitamin D supply; most cases of vitamin D deficiency are due to lack of outdoor sun exposure. According to the US National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health, for most white/fair-skinned people, a half-hour in the summer sun in a bathing suit can initiate the release of 50,000 IU (1.25 mg) vitamin D into the circulation within 24 hours of exposure; this same amount of exposure yields 20,000–30,000 IU in tanned individuals and 8,000–10,000 IU in darker-skinned people. Spending a few extra minutes outdoors each day can help with weight loss as well.

ü AM Meditation -Sit or lie comfortably on your back, with eyes closed, and concentrate on counting breaths from 1-10 and back again, for 15-20 minutes, and build. You don’t need to empty your mind or have perfect attention, just notice your thoughts and always come back to the breath. Mindfulness Meditation can help with development of mental focus, flexibility to accomplish more in less time, increase calmness in stressful situations, and increase ability to solve problems creatively.

ü Squeeze in Morning Exercise- Exercising in the morning may help keep blood sugar levels steady throughout the day. Low blood sugar can result in many negative symptoms, including excessive hunger (5,6).

Low-Carb Diets Are Effective Against Diabetes   

 

Studies show that low-carbohydrate diets can effectively manage type 2 diabetes. Low-carb diets can improve blood sugar control, decrease medication needs and reduce risk of diabetic complications.

Restricting carbs can be a challenge when one is used to piling on the pasta. But diabetes is a disease, and there is a choice. Diabetes can be managed, and in many cases conquered, by lowering carbs intake.

There is no hard-and-fast rule regarding the number of carbs to aim for in a day. A general range is about 20 grams to 100 grams of carbs a day. Just keep in mind, less carbs = less blood sugar (5,7).

Talk to a healthcare provider before making any dietary changes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sources

1. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

2. US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3769156/

3. American Diabetes Association

4. Batmanghelidj F., MD, 2003, You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty, Grand Central Life & Style; NY

5. https://www.healthline.com/health/recognizing-diabetes-symptoms-men

6. https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19519824/retrograde-ejaculation/

7. https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19516000/whats-the-best-diet-for-diabetes/

 
 
 
 

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