Men are more likely to die from diabetes because they are too macho to follow tailored treatment plans, researchers declared today.
Women given specific recommendations about diet and exercise were 30 per cent less likely to die from diabetes-related causes than those given routine care, Danish scientists found.
But the same tailored advice given to men had no impact on their mortality.
Dr Marlene Krag, from the University of Copenhagen, said structured personal diabetes care could provide women with significant attention and support – thereby helping them to stick to treatment plans.
She said: ‘Women accept disease and implement disease management more easily, which might affect long-term outcomes.’
On the other hand, she added that masculinity may be challenged by diabetes, demanding daily consideration and lifestyle changes.
Essentially, the structured approach of such diabetes care goes against ‘men’s tendency to trust self-directed learning instead of self-management’.
The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, assessed the impact of a trial in Denmark which provided tailored treatment on exercise and diet to patients between 1989 and 1995.