There are some specific challenges that come with being a male with diabetes, but with proper care and preparation, you can manage anything that comes your way.
Generally, it is important to keep track of your sugars, keep healthy, and give proper insulin and medication as your doctor advises. The healthier that you are and the better your blood sugars are, the better you will feel.
Treatment and Care
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- You have to keep yourself healthy by maintaining good blood sugars, giving the correct insulin, eating healthy, and exercising, as your doctor says to.
- Always listen to what your doctor says and talk honestly to them about your life, concerns, health, diabetes, and anything else happening in life – because it can all effect your health and diabetes. Never be scared to ask your doctor any questions and make sure that you communicate with them.
- Always keep your supplies with you, including a hypo pack, emergency extra supplies, snacks, and any other medicine you need. Do not worry about what any one thinks or worry about carrying a pack around with you. You must carry this with you in order to stay healthy and feel good.
If you are concerned about exercise and working out, click here to read specific information in the “Exercise and Nutrition” section on the website.
- If you are working out, you have to remember that different types of exercise have different reactions on your blood sugar. (For example, cardio workouts (running, biking, cycling, walking), may make your blood sugar lower immediately, but if it is intense enough you may have a delayed reaction later hours later. Exercise that builds muscle may have effects all day long. You have to find patterns in your blood sugar reactions to different types of exercises that you do because different exercises cause different reactions.)
- Ask your doctor how you should adjust your insulin and carb counting when exercising.
If you are in a relationship or dating, make sure to talk to your significant other about T1D.
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Here are some basic tips specific to males:
- If you are in a relationship, your significant other should support you and want you to be healthy, so they should encourage you to take care of your diabetes.
- Tell your partner about testing your blood sugar, giving insulin, and that you have to carry supplies with you.
- If you are being intimate with your significant other, make sure to keep your sugars good during this time and to tell your partner if you are wearing an insulin pump so they know what the expect and see. Also tell them that your sugar may go low or high and you may need to stop to have a snack or take insulin in order for you to feel the best that you can. You also should try to maintain the best blood sugars that you can, because high or low sugars can negatively effect how well you feel when you are with your partner.
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- It is ok to feel like you are burnt out, sad, angry, or like you need help.
- No matter how tough you want to feel as a male, having diabetes is hard and life can be challenging – it is ok to feel upset. Feeling this way does not make you any less tough or any less strong.
- If you are feeling upset or like you need mental health help, talk to your doctor or a trusted family or friend and read the information on our site.
Information and images from www.penpalsunited.org are from or inspired by Living the Sweet Life with Diabetes: The Art of balancing insulin, diet, and exercise by Dr. Santosh Gupta, MD, MRCP (UK), CDE. You can access the book here: http://manavseva.org/downloads/book-english.pdf
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