It was Men’s Health Week 2018 from the 11th to 17th of June and this year the focus of the week will be on men and diabetes.
Men are more likely to get diabetes, more likely to suffer complications, face amputation and are more likely to die from diabetes.
I think more needs to be done to prevent this from happening. “Unfortunately it’s quite common that men still feel uncomfortable talking about issues regarding their health and we need to act now to change things.”
“More people now have diabetes and you are more at risk than ever before of getting Type 2 diabetes. If nothing changes at the current rate more than five million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025.”
HERE ARE 5 SIMPLE STEPS you can take to tackle diabetes and avoid become another statistic:
- Reduce Belly fat. It’s a problem because belly fat lurks not just beneath the surface but also gets down deep and surrounds your vital organs. A large amount of belly fat can increase the body’s resistance to the hormone insulin. This can lead to type 2 diabetes.
- Exercise regularly most days of the week as this helps manage weight, reduce blood glucose levels and may also improve blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet. Reduce the amount saturated and trans fats. Eat more fruit, vegetables and high-fibre foods. Cut back on salt and increase your water intake.
- Limit takeaway and processed foods. Microwave and takeaway meals are usually high in salt, fat and kilojoules. It’s best to cook for yourself from scratch if possible.
- Limit your alcohol intake. Too much alcohol can lead to weight gain and may increase your blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Men should have no more than two standard drinks a day and women should have no more than one.
Here at Fran’s Fitness Pilates over 25% of our class participants are already men. Our Tuesday evening class from 8.05 – 9.00 pm is specifically aimed at and designed with ‘MEN IN MIND’.
We focus on general and core strength, correcting posture, improving flexibility and mobility with the added option of using weights for a more challenging workout which the men love.
We are keen to raise awareness of the risks of diabetes and what can be done by encouraging more men to improve their fitness by exercising more and incorporating Pilates into their weekly schedule.
Men’s Health Week 2018 ran from 11-17 June.
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For more in depth information please see the following links:
- Men’s health week website: https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/mhw
- Diabetes uk: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Professionals/Position-statements-reports/Statistics?gclid=Cj0KCQjw_ZrXBRDXARIsAA8KauR1oa_Dmw-ugB1l1sBiz4knXlSo2qd7SxyKJFl5Et0He9M37rJlN3waAiWoEALw_wcB