The Third Leading Cause Death Of The United States

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Did you know diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States? (Fukunaga, 2011). Many are unaware approximately 25.8 million American’s, 8.3% of the population suffer from diabetes. Type II Diabetes Mellitus (DM II) is by far the most prevalent and accounts for 90-95 percent of the 25.8 million diabetic patients. The long term complications of DM II make it a devastating disease. It is the leading cause of adult blindness, end-stage kidney disease, and non-traumatic lower limb amputation (Lewis, Dirksen, Heitkemper, & Bucher 2014, p. 1154). Not only is diabetes debilitating to patients but also the health and employment costs are substantial. According to Fukunaga (2011), “The estimated national cost of diabetes exceeds…show more content…
The patient becomes quiet when multiple health care members are in the room; however, while working with her alone she explained she has a difficult time understanding concepts the physicians discuss with her. She explained she does not read very well and was unable to complete high school. She claimed she had not been managing her disease with anything other than medications because before this incident she did not see the need to do anything else. She explained her additional health issues prevent her from walking independently which makes exercise nearly impossible. I identified three key barriers to this patient’s health maintenance and learning, these include: misinterpretation of information related to difficulty reading and an inability to comprehend complex vocabulary, lack of motivation related to not understanding the disease process, and cognitive impairments related to past CVA (Carpenito, 2013, p. 302). Many individuals learn using a combination of styles. After considering all aspects of my patient I created my teaching plan to benefit visual, auditory, and tactile learners. My plan included an informative brochure that I created at a reading level suitable for my patient and visual aids consisting of tables such as “My Plate,” nutrition labels, and certain foods to avoid. The visual aids were necessary for my patient’s literacy level

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