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Men in East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen are urged to get checked for diabetes as part of Men’s Health Week

It’s Men’s Health Week (11-17 June 2018) and this year’s theme is: ‘Men and Type 2 Diabetes’. That’s because one man in 10 now has type 2 diabetes and in middle-aged men, the disease is expected to increase sharply over the next 20 years.

NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)) are backing this campaign. Statistics show ‘Middle- aged men are twice as likely to have diabetes as women.’ Men aged 35-54 are almost twice as likely to have type 2 diabetes compared to their female counterparts, revealed in a report 'Diabetes in the UK 2009'.

Key statistics on type 2 diabetes shows that 2.4 per cent (around 92,960) of men in England aged 35-44 have type 2 diabetes compared to 1.2 per cent (around 47,000) of women of the same age, and 6 per cent (around 197,050) of men aged 45-54 have type 2 diabetes compared to 3.6 per cent (around 120,670) of women their age.

Men are being encouraged not to ignore these seven symptoms:

  • feeling very thirsty
  • urinating more frequently than usual, particularly at night
  • feeling very tired
  • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
  • itching around the penis, or frequent episodes of thrush
  • cuts or wounds that heal slowly
  • blurred vision.

Dr Rahul Thakur a local GP and clinical lead at both CCGs, said:

“As part of Men’s Health Week, I would urge men to check out the NHS Choices website which will give them a whole host of information about their health.

“It's very important for type 2 diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated. If you have any of the seven symptoms you should see your GP.”

To find out more about type 2 diabetes, visit the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes. For more health-related information please go to <CCG website>

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