Diabetes And The Dual Diagnosis Of Diabetes

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Aristotle stated “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, the same applies in the care of the dual diagnosis of diabetes and mental illness, the intertwining of the two chronic illness increases the blurring the lines of cause and effect, patients diagnosed with serious mental illness are at greater risk for the development of diabetes due and diabetics are at increased risk for depression due to the chronic nature of diabetes. Numerous studies have delved into the health disparities of mental illness and diabetes contributes to the detrimental outcome for physical and mental health. Diabetes and mental illness do not afflict in a vacuum, through addressing the dual diagnosis the quality of health for other at risk groups in the Hispanic, African American, Native American and impoverished communities, results in decreased comorbidities associated with the dual diagnosis . ADD STATS FOR THE other groups. The need for improved coordination of care for this at risk population with dual diagnosis of diabetes and mental illness is the focus of this paper supporting the development of expanded care services and coordination in Saline County, Kansas. Diabetes affects 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population with 21.0 million being diagnosed and 8.1 million people undiagnosed, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 2014 data. Numerous comorbidities associated with diabetes are preventable such as hypertension, lipid abnormalities and obesity, however the
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