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Diabetes Health Center

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Men With Diabetes Don't Know the Facts

Survey Reveals Patients' Lack of Knowledge About Type 2 Diabetes
By Caroline Wilbert
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Sept. 11, 2008 -- Only 30% of men with diabetes say they know a lot about the symptoms or conditions related to type 2 diabetes, according to a survey released by the American Diabetes Association.

A thousand men with type 2 diabetes, ages 40-60, participated in the online survey, meant to assess their knowledge about type 2 diabetes and its complications, including low testosterone.

Participants were asked about their overall quality of life and how they manage their disease. Also, 1,000 wives of men with diabetes completed a survey with related questions about their husbands.

Less than half of the wives think their spouses are actively engaging in activities such as physical exercise, reducing stress, or maintaining a positive attitude.

There is plenty that the men and their wives don't know, especially about complications of the disease. As an example, only 42% of men reported the health condition of low testosterone to be a greater risk due to having type 2 diabetes. Only 58% knew that risk of depression is increased due to diabetes.

"These survey results reinforce that there are many health issues associated with diabetes that men currently overlook or aren't even aware of -- from managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol to physical, emotional, and sexual health issues such as erectile dysfunction and low testosterone," says Richard M. Bergenstal, MD, vice president of medicine and science at the American Diabetes Association, in a news release.

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