Prevent Diabetes: Know the Risk Factors
research indicates diabetes as the third leading cause of erectile
dysfunction, you might think men would be educated about the disease,
its risk factors and symptoms. Surprisingly, however, fewer than 4
percent knew diabetes was a leading cause of impotence, according to a
survey conducted by the Diabetes Prevention Program.
percent of respondents were unable to name any of the risk factors for
diabetes, the most important of which are family history, being
overweight, being from certain minority groups and being over age 45.
results are quite disturbing. It is clear there is little awareness
among men about diabetes and its consequences. Almost every man knows
something about heart attacks, but very few appear to know much about
diabetes,” said Dr. David Nathan, study chairman of the Diabetes
Prevention Program (DPP), a study to determine if type 2 diabetes can
is director of the Diabetes Center and the General Clinical Research
Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
7.5 million men in the United States have type 2 diabetes and one-third
are undiagnosed. Diabetes can lead to heart attacks, strokes,
blindness, kidney failure, amputations and other permanent impairments.
of diabetes include increased urination and thirst, tingling or
numbness in the extremities, blurred vision, and fatigue, among others.
Other significant findings include:
- Thirteen percent of men mistakenly thought eating too much sugar was a diabetes risk factor.
- Only 1 percent knew being over age 45 was a risk factor.
- Of those
who claimed familiarity with the risk factors, only 33 percent named
being overweight and 27 percent named family history.
survey underscores the importance of diabetes prevention. If the
Diabetes Prevention Program succeeds, we may be able to help millions
of Americans avoid diabetes and its severs complications while saving
billions of dollars in healthcare expenses. The importance of the study
can not be overstated,” said Nathan.
For more information about the DPP, call (888) DPP-JOIN.