Chronic Disease : Diabetes Mellitus

5359 WordsJul 23, 201522 Pages
As people get older and their chronic diseases start showing up or progress, they will need to be taken care of by not one doctor or specialist but by many health care providers.1 There are many chronic diseases that affect older people. One of the most common chronic diseases is diabetes mellitus, especially type 2 diabetes mellitus. With an increase of people with diabetes mellitus, there is also an increase need for health care professionals that will effectively take care of them. Even though diabetes mellitus is a disease where the patient is usually the one in control of taking care of him or herself, professionals are essential to their understanding of how to not have their blood glucose so high and live a healthier life without problems because of the diabetes.2 Just like physicians, nurses, dieticians, and many other health care providers, pharmacists play a big role in helping individuals with diabetes control it and live a healthy life.2 According to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, “29.1 people have diabetes.”3 Almost three times more than that number, about 86 million individuals have prediabetes. Perhaps even more alarming, “9 out of 10 people with prediabetes”3 don’t even know they are in that condition. This makes it even worse because without knowing they are at risk of having diabetes, they will never take the necessary measures of taking care of themselves to prevent developing their prediabetes to diabetes. With so many people at risk and
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