Type 2 Diabetes Paper

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Type 2 Diabetes has become a community health problem over the years and the need to help care for and treat multiple patients is beginning to become overwhelming. According to the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2013), there are about 285 million individual worldwide diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (p. 495). If one was to not receive treatment, serious complications can arise such as cardiovascular disease, neuropathy, and retinopathy. Implementing self-care behaviors is exceptionally important for type 2 diabetics, so they can manage and prevent any long-term complications. The JAANP (2013) states that the reason for this study is to “explore the factors related to the self-care behaviors of patients with type 2 diabetes” (p. 495). Self-care is defined as “decisions and actions that an individual can take to cope with a health problem or to improve his or her health” (JAANP, 2013, p. 495). There are specific behaviors that a patient with type 2 diabetes must follow in order to cope with their diagnosis. The behaviors include healthy eating; regular exercises, keeping up with medical treatments, being able to …show more content…
The four key points are “checking and judging blood glucose levels, taking diabetes medications correctly, dealing with hyper- or hypoglycemia, and following the diabetic diet plan” (JAANP, 2013, p. 499). A patient’s demographics, such as age is related to how their health literacy, self-efficacy, and self-care is developed, because being able to have some level of reading comprehension is vital to managing a chronic illness such as type 2 diabetes. Always make sure that you and your medical care team are up to date on the latest knowledge in the treatment and management of type 2

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