This week is Men’s Health Week (11-17 June). This annual event brings awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately. It focuses on getting men to become aware of problems they may have or could develop and gain the courage to do something about it.
This year the focus of Men’s Health Week is on men and diabetes. Men are more likely to get diabetes and more likely to suffer complications from the disease. Much work has been done in the diagnosis and fight against diabetes but building awareness is the most important thing. The more people are aware of it, the more likely they are to make healthy changes and stop or delay the onset of diabetes.
So what does diabetes have to do with my dentist?
If you are diabetic, you are more likely to have gum disease than non-diabetics. This may be because you are more prone to infection in general. Some research has also shown that if you have gum disease you are more likely to develop diabetes. If you do have diabetes it’s really important to take your oral health seriously as gum disease can impact your control of the condition as it can increase your blood sugar. You may heal more slowly too. If you have diabetes or you are worried about developing it, you should discuss this with your dentist.
Men in general are notoriously bad at taking their health seriously until they are in pain or feel really unwell. If you are not having regular dental check-ups then you should put that right by registering with a dentist as soon as you can and taking control of your oral health. Don’t forget that Revive Dental Care welcomes new NHS patients to join us at our practices in Monton, Davyhulme, Salford and Ancoats.