Wake up to Diabetes – Roberts Jackson’s Employees Raise Awareness for Men’s Health Week
Despite one in ten men in the UK being affected by diabetes, and men being 26% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than women, they are still less likely to be aware that they could be in danger of suffering from the disease.
Nimish Patel, a lawyer at Roberts Jackson Solicitors, is supporting Men’s Health Week 11 – 17 June which this year raises awareness of diabetes. Nimish himself suffers from Type 2 diabetes.
“I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for 5 years myself and I wanted to support Men’s Health Week by warning about the scale of this problem in the male population. Men are more than twice as likely as women to have a major amputation and they are also more likely than women to develop diabetic retinopathy which can cause blindness as result, but in general most men are unlikely to consider themselves as being at risk or consider what they are eating despite family history.
Diabetes brings with it the risk of so many complications, including that can affect your general health and major organs but it is avoidable if your diet is monitored at an early stage. I now have to check my blood sugar readings three times a day and it certainly has restrictions on what you can eat and do even though my BMI was only 27! I also think that some men believe that because they play sports , they will not suffer from diabetes. However, this is more about recognising your family history and what sugars and carbs you are taking on board so you can’t escape just because you exercise.
It is on the rise and is more frequently being diagnosed in younger people, despite it being known as a disease of middle aged and older people.”
Anyone who is worried about developing Type 2 diabetes can take Diabetes UK’s online Risk Score test to find out their level of risk before visiting their GP for a proper test.
A toxic combination
Martin Tod, Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum said:
“Men are more likely to get diabetes. More likely to suffer complications. More likely to face amputation as a result of diabetes. And more likely to die from diabetes.
Diabetes is hitting men especially hard, but too little is being done to understand the problem and tackle the problem. The Men’s Health Forum wants to see a serious programme of research and investment to ensure men get the support and care they need to prevent and manage diabetes.
The toxic combination of ever more men being overweight, men getting diabetes at a lower BMI and health services that don’t work well enough for working age men is leading to a crisis. We need urgent action.”
Fighting Men’s Health Struggles
Along with Nimish, Roberts Jackson’s Cost Draftsman, Aaron Press (Sensei), who runs a Japanese Jujitsu Dojo in Middlewich and assists at another in Macclesfield, is raising money throughout the week for Men’s Health. The Chiryoku Ryu Dojo is promoting a healthy lifestyle by offering all men over the age of 14 years their first 4 weeks of lessons for free. In addition, if any of those new members have diagnosed Diabetes then they will not have to pay their subscription fee either and the equivalent will be matched and used as a donation. They are also offering out free fruit and water throughout the week in order to get as many people involved as possible.
All money raised by the Chiryoku Dojo throughout Men’s Health Week will be donated to the Men’s Health Forum and Diabetes UK. To learn more about Aaron and the team and how you can get involved, visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ChiryokuRyuMiddlewich/.
Oldham to Gibraltar
On top of raising awareness for Men’s Health the firm has recently sponsored a charity bike ride by a group of local firefighters called the Blazing Saddles. Their aim is to cycle from Oldham to Gibraltar over 15 days which will see them travel through England, France and Spain before finally reaching their destination in Gibraltar after a gruelling 1,674 mile bike ride.
Roberts Jackson has happily donated £1,000 towards the effort in the hope that the Blazing Saddles reach their total target of £15,000. You can sponsor the team by visiting their Virgin Money Giving page here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=BlazingSaddles2&pageUrl=1