Fight Against Diabetes

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Over the last twenty years, diabetes mellitus has been on the rise with more adults and children being diagnosis with the disease (Zimmet, Alberti, & Shaw, 2001). This disease has risen due to obesity in adults and children. The increase of diabetes has caused concern amongst physicians and social workers. Defeating diabetes has become a worldwide public health concern. Social workers serve several roles in this fight against diabetes. In the battle against diabetes, there are many interventions that can be used. Some of the interventions are lifestyle modifications and education. These interventions will allow social workers to combat the disease in the social aspect. There are many policies that can be created to help defeat diabetes. Policies …show more content…
These implications are simply changes in the activity and diet of individuals. More and more individuals are living sedentary lifestyles and eating more junk foods (Zimmet, Alberti, & Shaw, 2001). These public health and social implication have caused a concern amongst physicians and social workers due to the number of adults and children having diabetes. These implications have received a lot of attention due the alarming rise in diabetes. Zimmet, Alberti, & Shaw (2001) states, “Most cases will be of type 2 diabetes, which is strongly associated with a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. This trend of increasing prevalence of diabetes and obesity has already imposed a huge burden on health-care systems and this will continue to increase in the future,” (p. 783). These implications have also led to the emergence of type 2 diabetes in …show more content…
Some of these roles are counselors, educators, and advocates. Social workers role as an educator in the prevention of diabetes is one of the most important role. Many people have a misconception on diabetes and social workers can help educate adults and children on how to prevent type 2 diabetes. This education can help adults and children make better food choices and help motivate them to leave their sedentary lifestyle. Another important role that social workers play is counselors. Counseling can help social workers work directly with those clients who are already suffering from type 2 diabetes and help those who are pre-diabetic. Many people who are faced with this diagnosis can become depressed and counseling can help them talk out the diagnosis. The final and most important role of social workers in the prevention of diabetes is advocate. Social workers can advocate for different policies that will help prevent diabetes like educating children and holding fast food industries accountable. These are just some of the roles that social workers play in the prevention of

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