Men’s Health Week 2018: Putting diabetes in the spotlight
In the middle of June every year, in the seven days preceding Father’s Day, the world celebrates Men’s Health Week. It is an opportunity to shed light on health issues that affect men disproportionately, and this year the important event takes place between 11 and 17 June.
For Men’s Health Week 2018, the goal is to raise awareness of diabetes in men. The chronic condition is more common in men than women, and this year the organisers want to get people talking about the disease, how it is caused, symptoms, and how to manage it.
Affecting approximately 3.7 million people across the country, including one in every ten men, there are two main types of diabetes: Type One and Type Two.
Type One diabetes occurs when a person’s pancreas produces too little or no insulin. At present, this type of diabetes – which can be genetic or develop in children – does not have a cure.
Type Two diabetes typically develops in adults and centres on how the body is able to process glucose. Older and overweight people are more likely to suffer from this form of diabetes.
Some of the most common signs that someone may have Type One or Type Two diabetes are:
· Frequent urination
· Extreme thirst and/or drinking a lot
· Extreme hunger
· Blurred vision
· Cuts and/or sores that will not heal
There are key differences, though; while people with Type One diabetes do not produce enough insulin, people with Type Two may have insulin but their body is unable to use it.
However, both types of diabetes usually require for patients to inject themselves with insulin on a daily basis – they must also have regular meetings with doctors, nutritionists and endocrinologists. And ultimately, this condition has a huge impact on people’s lives, meaning they must be very careful about what they eat and drink.
Thanks to the NHS’s Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), diabetes sufferers can have their prescriptions delivered directly to their door, meaning they will always have the medication they require, enabling them to better manage this chronic health condition.
Simply register with Pharmacy Outlet and let us deliver your NHS prescription to your door – the process is quick and simple, so sign up today by clicking here.