Diabetes And Its Effects On Diabetes

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Diabetes is a disease that can lead to heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure, nerve damage, or blindness (Turkoski, 2006). It not only costs many individuals their lives, but it also causes untold emotional and physical problems for people with diabetes and their families. In addition, the cost of care associated with diabetes and the associated complications exceeds $132 billion annually.
There is no cure for diabetes. It is a chronic disease and managing or controlling it requires a lifelong process. Even though diabetes has no cure, prompt and appropriate interventions like early detection, life style changes, and medications can control the disease and reduce life-threatening complications. To achieve normal or near-normal blood glucose levels and prevent the adverse complications of diabetes, patients must be involved in a program of education, diet, exercise, and medications.
Since diabetes is a chronic disease, it is vital that diabetic patients make a multitude of daily self-management decisions and to perform complex care activities (Powers et al., 2015). Diabetes self-management education and support provides the foundation to help people with diabetes to navigate these decisions and activities and has been shown to improve health outcomes. The initial diagnosis of diabetes is considered a critical time to provide diabetes education and support. The diagnosis of diabetes is often overwhelming to the patient and this strong emotional response can be a significant…
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