Male Health News November 2015

Men more likely to die from diabetes, as less likely to change their behaviour than women

diabetes-528678_1920A Danish study has suggested that men are more likely to die from diabetes than women if given tailored advice and treatment plans, as their “masculinity may be challenged”.

As reported in the Independent and the Daily Mail, research published in Diabetologia assessed the impact of a trial in Denmark where tailored diabetes treatment was offered to over 1,000 men and women over 1989 and 1995. When the researchers followed these participants’ progress up to 2008, the data showed that women who were given “structured personal care” were 30% less likely to die from diabetes-related causes. However, the same effect was not observed for the men. As reported in the Independent, the researchers said that:

“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 structured approach could conflict with men’s tendency to trust self-directed learning instead of self-management.”

In other words, the men did not respond to being told what to do, and in this case it was to their cost. While this is a small-scale study, the study’s author Dr Marlene Krag emphasised there is a need to “rethink the way we provide medical care to both men and women, so that both sexes benefit from intensified treatment efforts.”

As men, we must not let our pride get in the way of our health! If you are at have or are at risk of diabetes, seek help and support from your doctor. There is also excellent information available from NHS Choices and charities such as Diabetes UK.

(27th November 2015)


42% of men aged 18-45 have considered suicide, says CALM

couple-570878_1920New research published by the charity CALM has found that over a third of British men aged 18 to 45 have thought about taking their own lives.

CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) has launched a new advertising campaign with Lynx called #BiggerIssues to raise awareness of suicide, by comparing this vital problem with more trivial topics which garner more coverage. As part of the launch of this campaign, CALM commissioned YouGov to survey over 2,000 men aged from 18 to 45. 42% of the men surveyed responded that they had contemplated taking their own lives at some point. In addition, 41% of men who had thought about suicide had never spoken to anyone about these feelings.

Jane Powell, CEO of CALM, was quoted by the Guardian: “The results of this research…show that we urgently need to raise the nation’s awareness of this hugely important and under-discussed issue.”

Suicide is the biggest single killer of men under 45 in the UK. As we emphasise on our information pages, it’s vital to talk about how you are feeling, and to seek help if you are struggling. CALM can be contacted via their website and helpline (0800 58 58 58 for UK wide, 0808 802 58 58 for London), and there are links to more information and support can be accesses via NHS Choices and Mind.

(6th November 2015)