Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus ( T2dm )

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Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Too often woman receive the diagnosis of chronic illnesses like type two diabetes mellitus (T2DM). It is one of the top ten diseases among women. To a large extend, diabetes is preventable; however, women tend to overlook preventive care because they think they do not have the time or they are too busy taking care of everyone but themselves. Yet, women have the power to stay well by learning about the diseases that may strike them and knowing potential risk factors. The most important step towards being healthy is education. Therefore, women should arm themselves with information regarding prevention or early detection on the major diseases that affect women like T2DM. The American Diabetes…show more content…
The cardinal sign and symptoms of diabetes are increase thirst, hunger, fatigue, increase urination, and blurred vision. However, the symptoms unique to women are: vaginal and oral yeast infections and vaginal thrush, urinary infections, female sexual dysfunction, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) (ADA, 20169. The criteria for diagnosis of diabetes are: Hemoglobin A1C is greater than 6.5%, fasting plasma glucose greater than 126 mg/dl, 2-hr plasma glucose greater than or equal to 200 mg/dl or a random plasma glucose greater or equal to 200 mg/dl with symptoms polyuria, polydipsia, polyphagia, and unexplained weight loss. Many patients can manage their diabetes by exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding smoking cigarettes, and a healthy diet (ADA, 2016). As a NP student, it is important to know the most current information on diabetes and the appropriate websites to obtain the information from like Up-To-Date, American Diabetes Association, and mobile APPs that make visits more effective is point-of-care education such as: iMedicalApps (http://www.imedicalapps.com/), Epocrates (http://www.epocrates.com, and MedscapeMobile (http://www.medscape.com/public/iphone). These websites and mobile apps makes it easier to review potential diagnosis, give pointers on appropriate education, and management of the disease. The NP student may also find these websites beneficial to use or have
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