Pathopharmacological Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice

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Obesity is an epidemic disease which is increasing in frequency in frequency. It is one of the most common disorders in medical practice and among the most frustrating and difficult to manage. Little progress has been made in prevention or treatment, yet major changes have occurred in our understanding of its causes and implications for health. It is associated with changes in many body systems. The definition of obesity is: a condition of excess body fat. Obesity is measured using Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is calculated by dividing body mass in kilograms by the square of height in meters, (ie.
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They will provide you with insurance forms if your insurance covers their services but they do not fill them out and send them in for you. Many insurance companies may cover the doctor visits but do not cover the cost of the medications, making management of obesity more difficult.
In 2012, the United States Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) issued the recommendation that all adults be screened for obesity, and that patients with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or greater be offered intensive multicomponent behavioral interventions. ( ) The assessment of body mass is the first component in the assessment and diagnosis of obesity. The second component is the presence and severity of obesity related complications. (AACE, 2014) According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist and the American College of Endocrinology, obesity is a chronic disease requiring a screening process, evaluation of complications, staging and alga rhythmic management. (AACE, 2014) As with any health issue a health history should be taken. Included in the patients health history should be a review of the patients known health problems weight history, weight-loss efforts, exercise habits, eating patterns, other conditions, medications, stress levels and other health issues. Also a review of family history to check for predisposed conditions. A general physical exam including height,

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