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Diabetes in men

GEHA | August 20, 2018

Men's wellness Men's health Pre-diabetes Diabetes
Read about the symptoms of diabetes in men, risk factors for type 2 diabetes, and steps to take to prevent type 2 diabetes.

A 2017 report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that 100 million U.S. adults live with diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes was the sixth-leading cause of death for men in the U.S. in 2015.

The symptoms of diabetes in men can include:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Overactive bladder and/or urinary tract infections
  • Being very thirsty or hungry
  • Feeling tired for no reason
  • Losing weight for no reason
  • Having cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
  • Having trouble seeing (blurry vision)
  • Losing feeling or having tingling in your hands or feet

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:

  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Physical inactivity
  • High blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Having a parent or sibling with diabetes
  • Being over age 40

Talk to your health care provider about getting screened if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Steps to take to prevent type 2 diabetes include:

  • Engaging in regular physical exercise
  • Choosing foods low in fat, added sugar and salt
  • Getting regular blood pressure and cholesterol checks

If you are a GEHA medical plan member, you can get a free biometric health screening (including cholesterol, blood pressure, height and weight and A1C blood sugar tests). Visit for more information.

Sources: “Leading Causes of Death in Males, 2015 (current listing)” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17 Apr. 2018. “Erectile Dysfunction.”, American Diabetes Association, 28 Mar. 2018. “Take Steps to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.”, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 22 Feb. 2018.