Diabetes Symptoms

Our goal is to help with the care and treatment of diabetes including diagnosing the symptoms

Blood sugar levels
Blood Sugar

Special Issues For Men

Men with diabetes face unique challenges of their own.You may be less apt to express any feelings of anxiety or depression you're facing while trying to come to terms with the disease, and one of the most prevalent complications in men with diabetes impotence is definitely an emotionally loaded issue. But while men face a higher risk of certain diabetic complications, they are more likely to report feeling in control of their diabetes and on top of their treatment, both big benefits in dealing with chronic disease.

At Puberty

The peak incidence of type 1 diabetes in boys is between the ages of twelve and fourteen, when puberty is up and running. The hormonal changes that accompany puberty actually increase insulin resistance in both boys and girls, which compounds the problem of insufficient insulin production in those with type 1 diabetes. Insulin resistance may also be accompanied by increased resistance to growth hormone in boys, and poor control has the potential to impact the speed and course of the "growth spurt" that normally occurs at puberty.

A Turbulent Time

Puberty is a time of separation from parents and a growing emphasis on social relationships creating a separate social identity is paramount. Boys who may have depended on their parents for guidance on diabetes care may start taking more responsibility for their care. Likewise, parents must learn to hand over the reins of diabetes control, at least partially, to allow their child to mature emotionally as well as physically. However, the social pressures of puberty can also push young men in the opposite direction, of ignoring their diabetes for the sake of being more like their peers. Drug and alcohol use experimental or otherwise can also become a problem during this time of life. American males ages 12 to 18 are statistically more likely to drink alcohol and take illicit drugs than girls of a similar age. In 2001, nearly 14 percent of eighth grade boys and 23 percent of male high school seniors reported regular binge drinking. Because alcohol can impair treatment judgment and trigger a potentially dangerous hypoglycemic episode, it's important that boys with diabetes are educated about the special risks they face with alcohol and drug use. Even though "Just Say No" is good advice, realistically it may not be followed. Especially during adolescence, kids need to know what precautions are necessary if they do drink.