Stockport men urged to get talking about diabetes

During Men’s Health and Diabetes awareness week (11-17th June) the Council is encouraging men to check their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and talk about diabetes more openly.

Men are also encouraged to take up the offer of free courses if they are at risk of developing the disease or have been diagnosed with the condition.

The Men’s Health Forum’s new report “One In Ten: The Male Diabetes Crisis” shows:

  • Men are 26% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women (Stockport estimates showing that 6.8% of men have type 2 diabetes vs. 5.1% of women. 8,230 men in Stockport now have type 2 diabetes, compared to 6,380 women).
  • Rates of Type 2 diabetes have increased by more than 50% over the last 10 years in Stockport.
  • Men are more likely to be overweight (BMI 25+) and to develop diabetes at a lower BMI (body mass index) than women.
  • Men are less likely to be aware that they are overweight or to participate in weight management programmes.

To see if you may be at high risk of type 2 diabetes check out the online quiz at www.diabetes.org.uk/risk

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health said:
“Although type 2 Diabetes is a rising problem in both men and women, more men in Stockport have type 2 diabetes than women and are at greater risk of developing the disease. In addition men are often reluctant to talk about their health concerns and don’t seek help that is available.”

“The good news is that there are programmes in Stockport for those who have already been diagnosed with diabetes and those who are at risk of developing it. The Diabetes X-pert 2 Programme helps individuals manage the condition and the Healthier You: National Diabetes Prevention Programme helps prevent type 2 diabetes. I strongly urge Stockport men to check if they are at risk of diabetes by doing the quick online quiz at www.diabetes.org.uk/risk and ask their GP practice about what support is available.”