April 18


Most Common Signs of Diabetes in Men They Need to Be Aware Of

By Gabriela

April 18, 2022

To recognize the symptoms, first, we need to know the basics of diabetes.

It’s a disease when the body is not able to use insulin, cannot make enough insulin, or in some cases a mix of both things.

If we have diabetes, the sugar levels in our blood rise. If this is left uncontrolled it can lead to some complications.

The possible health consequences are often severe. This chronic condition increases the chance of cardiovascular disease, and it may lead to problems with the nervous system, eyes, kidneys, and skin.

When it comes to men, diabetes can lead to urological problems and ED, i.e., erectile dysfunction. The good news is that these complications are treatable and preventable with attention and awareness of our health.


These are the mildest early symptoms:

  • Numbness or tingling in feet and hands;
  • Weight loss;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Unusual fatigue;
  • Frequent urination.

In these early stages do not leave the disease untreated because it can lead to complications.

Signs in Men Vary from One Individual to Another

The fact is that men have different symptoms. That’s because of the differences in their living habits, genetics, and eating.

The symptoms of type 1 and type 2 are very similar. What men should do is get informed about the symptoms, so they will be able to recognize them early.

Urologic Issues

These issues may occur in men that have the condition because of diabetic nerve damage. These include UTIs, i.e., urinary tract infections, overactive bladder, and inability to control urination.

Talking to a doctor about urologic complications is important. Men can diagnose this chronic illness with simple blood tests. Investigate the cause of ED, and in that way discover other problems.

Erectile Dysfunction

Also known as ED, may be a symptom of other health issues such as nervous system conditions, high blood pressure, circulatory conditions, stress, kidney disease, and smoking.

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse notes that men that have diabetes are at risk of having ED. According to this organization from 20 to 75 % of men that have the disease experience erectile dysfunction.

Damage to ANS, i.e., Autonomic Nervous System

This metabolic condition can damage the ANS, i.e., the autonomic nervous system. What ANS does is that it constricts and widens the blood vessels.

If the nerves and blood vessels in the male organ are affected by diabetes, the result from all that can be ED. Blood vessel diseases can slow down the blood flow into the male organ.

Risk Factors

Many factors may increase the chance of having diabetes complications. Those risk factors are:

  • Low physical activity;
  • Being over 40 years old;
  • Smoking;
  • Having high cholesterol and high blood pressure;
  • Being overweight.

Effective ways to prevent this illness are to have a healthy weight, reduce or quit smoking, and exercise on a regular basis.

Treating Symptoms in Men

Medications for ED like sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra) can help to manage ED. But, first, consult a doctor.

Also, the doctor can refer the patient to an endocrinologist and a urologist to treat low testosterone and its effects. Low testosterone is actually common in men, and it can happen as a result of diabetes.

Low testosterone can induce a decrease in body mass and can make men feel depressed. Consult a doctor to get the necessary treatments like patches, gels, and testosterone injections.

Talk to a doctor about any changes in lifestyle habits and sleeping patterns.

Lifestyle Changes

If someone has diabetes, certain lifestyle choices can hugely impact their mental and physical well-being.

To delay the start of symptoms and to improve health they need to balance the meals with an even amount of proteins, starches, veggies, fruits, and fats.

Remember to avoid any excess sugar, particularly in candies and sugary drinks like soda. They need to exercise on a regular basis and within the exercise regimen to manage their blood sugar.

In this way, anyone can benefit from the workout without feeling anxious, shaky, dizzy, or tired.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that men in comparison to women are more likely to develop this lifelong disease. In fact, this disease in the USA is a growing problem for many people, and this also includes children.

In case someone experiences elevated blood sugar, they should know that they can prevent it. What’s more, they can live well with diabetes.

They just need to manage or prevent complications with proper medications and healthy lifestyle behaviors. Being proactive is essential.

We should all ask ourselves “When was the last time I checked my blood glucose?” We should do this, especially for those with ED or other similar complication.

Source Health Line | Medicine Net | Mayo Clinic | Diabetes | Mayo Clinic | Medicine Plus


  • Gabriela

    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health Page, Fitness trainer and instructor has dedicated her career to educating and informing people for over 10 years. As one of the most passionate diabetes advocates, Gabi has worked tirelessly to ensure that those people receive the education and support they need to properly manage their diabetes and achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals.

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