The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is recognizing National Men’s Health Month this June by educating men about their risk for chronic kidney disease and its leading cause, diabetes.
Almost 11 million men age 20 or older currently have diabetes in the United States—that’s more than 10% of the total male U.S. population! Men with diabetes and their families can face devastating complications from unmanaged diabetes, especially since people with diabetes are at a high risk for heart attack and stroke. In addition to chronic kidney disease, diabetes can also lead to blindness, loss of a toe or foot, and erectile dysfunction. Although diabetes is a serious, life-long condition, there is good news. Taking care of your diabetes and your health can help you avoid long-term health problems and enjoy a long and healthy life.
Men with diabetes can reduce their chances of having a heart attack, stroke, and other life-threatening complications by managing their A1C, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol (ABCs of diabetes).
- An A1C test measures your average blood glucose level over the past three months with a goal for most people with diabetes of below 7.
- High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard. The goal for most people with diabetes is below 130/80.
- Bad cholesterol, also known as LDL, builds up and clogs your arteries. The LDL goal for most people with diabetes is below 100.
It’s essential for men with diabetes to take action to reach their ABC targets in order to maintain their health. For more information, visit YourDiabetesInfo.org or call the NKFM at 800-482-1455. Also, check out some of the NKFM's programs on diabetes.
For over a decade, the NKFM has been focused on reducing health disparities. The NKFM has received multi-year grants from the Centers for Disease Control and the HHS Office on Women’s Health to help tackle diabetes disparities. As part of these grants the NKFM will be highlighting the Controlling your Diabetes ABCs campaign. If you have diabetes, you are at high risk for kidney disease, heart attack, and stroke. But you can fight back. You can control the ABCs of diabetes and live a long and healthy life. Ask your healthcare provider what your A1C, Blood pressure, and Cholesterol numbers are and ask what they should be.