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Diabetes UK offers men a health MOT

Diabetes UK will be providing expert advice to men when specialist diabetes advisors take part in the Man MOT online clinic, funded by Pfizer. A Diabetes UK Careline counsellor and a clinical advisor will be available to answer queries and concerns in confidence on the evening of Monday 17 October, between 6pm and 10pm.

Professional health advice

Man MOT was launched in 2010, in partnership with leading UK health organisations including Diabetes UK, to help men who are currently bypassing the healthcare system through embarrassment or fear of visiting their GP. The online surgery is open every Monday evening between 6pm and 10pm and offers professional health advice in total confidence from qualified GPs on a broad range of health issues.

Diabetes UK specialists will be offering advice to men who are diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, or those who may have diabetes but don’t know it. It’s estimated there are around 850,000 people in the UK with Type 2 diabetes who have not been diagnosed. By the time they are diagnosed, half of people with Type 2 diabetes show signs of complications.

First step to positive action

Diabetes UK Clinical Advisor, Libby Dowling, said, "For those men who are reluctant to go and visit their GP, this online surgery at Man MOT could be the first step to getting them through the door of their local surgery and take positive action about their health.

"Undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes has serious health implications, and taking steps to reduce the risk of developing the condition or to improve the management of existing Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes will have long-term benefits."

Active Fat

Diabetes UK has recently teamed up with the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK to urge men to do something about their waist size as part of the Active Fat campaign. A new poll shows that many men underestimate their actual waist size by at least two inches, and that 80 per cent of men don’t know the correct way to measure their waist. Waist size is a key risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes.

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