5 Symptoms in Men that Could Mean He Has Type 2 Diabetes

Has your body been acting different lately? Do you wake up a night to use the bathroom more frequently than before? Do you constantly feel thirsty?  Do you feel drowsy or tired at times when you are normally wide awake?  Have you experienced unexplainable weight loss?  These symptoms can mean just about anything.  However, they can be warning signs that indicate you may be diabetic.

What is diabetes? Diabetes Mellitus (Type-2), which is the most common form of diabetes, is a disease that affects almost 12 million men in the U.S. alone.  It is known as non-insulin dependent diabetes.  It is a chronic condition that occurs when the body, either resists the effects of insulin produced by the pancreas, or does not produce enough insulin to maintain a proper glucose level.

Symptoms for type 2 diabetes usually develop slowly over a prolonged period of time.   In fact, many men can have diabetes for several years and not even know it.  Symptoms for diabetes can range from slight headaches to erectile dysfunction. Other classic symptoms of diabetes are:

1.  Unusual Weight Loss and Fatigue

Unexplained weight loss is a classic sign of diabetes experienced by men (and women). This weight loss mainly occurs when the body tissue is not able to absorb and use glucose from the blood stream in an effective manner.   Because your body is not absorbing the necessary “fuel” (sugar/glucose) to function at an optimal level, you may become tired.

2. Increased Thirst and Frequent Urination

Because excess sugar accumulates in the bloodstream, the body tries to regulate the glucose level in the bloodstream by pulling water from directly from the body tissue.  As a result, you become thirsty, drink water, and urinate – more than usual.

3. Blurred Vision

Blurry vision and eye sight changes could be another typical symptom among men (and women) with type-2 diabetes.  When the level of blood sugar is constantly high, damage is caused to the tiny blood vessels in the retina of the eye – causing blurriness, and loss of peripheral vision.  This condition is called “diabetic retinopathy”, which if not attended to, can cause loss of sight.

4.  Nerve Damage

This is probably one of the most critical symptoms experienced by men with type-2 diabetes.  Damage to the nervous system, specifically to the peripheral nervous system (feet, toes, legs and hands), causes men to feel random unpleasant, sometimes painful, sensations of burning, tingling, and pins & needles.  This condition is called neuropathy.

5. Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Erectile dysfunction, or (ED), is a condition that affects a man’s ability to get and/or maintain an erection.  Because the blood stream is the main vehicle that diabetes uses to cause damage to many parts of the body, it also affects the penis.  The same way that a high glucose level affects the eye and peripheral nervous system, it can affect the tissue and nerves located on the man’s penis, thus affecting the man’s ability maintain of achieve an erection.  

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, it is highly recommended you see a doctor.  Although there is no cure for type 2 diabetes, it can be easily managed and controlled through an increase in exercise, changes in your diet, and sometimes with medication prescribed by your doctor.