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Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes in Men – Warning Signs to Be Aware Of

The signs and symptoms of diabetes in men are more general in nature than those seen in women. However, there are several diabetes symptoms that can be considered unique to men and should be regarded as warning signs. This article will briefly list the general symptoms before listing the specific symptoms that men should look for if they suspect that they may be developing diabetes.

The general symptoms of Diabetes are:

  • Constant thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Constant hunger
  • Constant fatigue and feeling tired
  • Weight loss
  • Slow healing sores, cuts, blisters
  • Dry, itchy rashes
  • Numbness or tingling in extremities
  • Blurry vision
  • Frequent infections

If you have several of these symptoms on a regular basis you should consider seeing your doctor and informing her/him of your concerns.

Specific signs and symptoms of diabetes in men:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Reduced strength
  • Degradation of vision
  • Muscular pain during exercise

Sexual Symptoms

Erectile dysfunction or impotence are often associated with diabetes in men and can be found even in cases of pre-diabetes. Symptoms such as these can be seen as parallels to the sexual signs and symptoms of diabetes in women as they experience the female equivalent of sexual performance issues as a symptom of diabetes.

Reduced Strength

Since many men have jobs and lifestyles where physical strength is not only an asset but a necessity, diminishing physical strength can often be used as a warning sign of diabetes. As blood sugar levels fluctuate wildly, a man’s ability to remain physically strong is negatively affected because of the disruptions in energy levels. If you find yourself suddenly weaker, more fatigued, or having less physical stamina than you did in the recent past you may have early onset diabetes.

Degradation of Vision

Due to a medical condition known as “retinopathy”, vision may degrade quickly as diabetes progresses. This is considered a warning sign specific to men because it can occur much more quickly in men than in women. This disorder can cause blindness if left undiagnosed so if you find your vision to be degrading over time then consult your physician with your concerns.

Muscular Pain During Exercise

A unique symptom of diabetes in men is muscular pain during exercise or other signs of peripheral vascular disease. This warning sign is also linked to a three-fold increase in the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, or cardiac failure in men with diabetes.

POSTED ON January 19, 2011,