Men's Health Week 2018

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Each year we celebrate Men’s Health Week, an international initiative that raises awareness on the health issues men face. This year, efforts have been made to address Diabetes as the condition affects more men than women and is more prevalent as men age. According to the CDC, almost 30 million people have diabetes in the United States and currently 1 out every 3 adults will develop diabetes in their lifetime. With more than half of new cases occurring in adults between the ages of 45 - 64, it is important to address the risk factors for the condition as soon as possible.

Risk Factors for Diabetes:

  • Smoking
  • Overweight or Obese
  • Physical Inactivity
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Glucose

To learn more about diabetes and how to address risk factors, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC) provides the Diabetes Guide. The guide shares with individuals, families and support staff useful information that can be applied to live a healthier, happier and longer life. Through this guide, one can learn about diabetes and tools to support an individual living with diabetes. It is to serve a reference and assist with reducing an individual’s risk of complications which can stem from diabetes.

Some highlights from the guide include:

  • The risk factors for diabetes
  • Signs and symptoms
  • How diabetes is diagnosed
  • The difference between oral medication and insulin
  • Helpful tips for living with diabetes

Resources:

American Diabetes Association: www.diabetes.org

Center for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov

National Diabetes Education Program: www.ndep.nih.gov

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: www.niddk.nih.gov