- Chris Morris
- Nov 27, 2015
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New research indicates that men are significantly more likely to die from diabetes than women.
The study in question indicated that male pride will tend to stop them from making the lifestyle changes required to combat the debilitating condition.
Research published in the journal Diabetologia by Dr Marlene Krag, of the University of Copenhagen, discovered that men were considerably less likely to sign up for personally tailored care.
Data collected by the Danish researchers indicated that women who were provided structured personal care where around 30 per cent less likely to die of any diabetes-related cause.
“Structured personal diabetes care could provide women with significant attention and support and thus provide an incentive to treatment adherence,” the authors of the report observed.
The report went on to observe that masculinity can be a major problem in the treatment of diabetes.
“Women accept disease and implement disease management more easily, which might affect long-term outcomes. Masculinity may be challenged by diabetes, demanding daily consideration and lifestyle changes. The structures approach could conflict with men’s tendency to trust self-directed learning instead of self-management.”
In attempting to address the problem, the authors suggested that further study was required, and that the results could be explained by a complex matrix of social and cultural issues.
“We propose that the improved outcomes in woman may be explained by complex social and cultural issues of gender. There is a need to further explore the gender-specific effects of major intervention trials in order to rethink the way we provide medical care to both men and women, so that both sexes benefit from intensified treatment efforts.”
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen assessed the impact of a trial that was held in Denmark between 1989 and 1995.
During this period, tailored treatments were offered to both male and female patients, while a control group was also tested in order to provide accurate results.
Authors then followed the same participants through until 2008.
The results of this study will be considered particularly important owing to the diabetes epidemic which is now spreading worldwide.
It was reported that just this week that almost half of 45-year-olds will develop so-called prediabetes, an elevated blood sugar level that often precedes diabetes, according to a large study from The Netherlands using population estimates.
And the number of people suffering with type two diabetes in the United Kingdom has increased exponentially in recent years.
Considering the scale of the problem, it should be considered essential for adults to seek assistance when they are diagnosed with prediabetes, along with health professionals to understand the scope of the issue.