Studies show that there are various illnesses which have been discovered of late and majority of these can be healed through the use of drugs and other hospital treatments. However, there are also those which remain in the body for an uncertain period of time and can only be treated to prevent its spread. These are referred to as chronic illnesses or chronic diseases (Holetzky, 2008). People with unhealthy living conditions are common targets for these kinds of diseases. Another possible cause is through heredity or genetic transfer but never through contagion or contact with other people. (Holetzky, 2008). Patients diagnosed with chronic illnesses cope with their situation through a series of treatments such as medicine intake, frequent check-ups, surgery, support groups and many more. Many are fortunate to have adjusted to their states without affecting their daily lives (Holetzky, 2008). In line with chronic illnesses, this paper shall focus on type 2 Diabetes and provide an overview on the said disease. Its effects on the physical, emotional and psychological state of the patient shall be discussed.
[...] I have the responsibility to impart knowledge about Diabetes and other chronic diseases that debilitate not only patients' physical health, but virtually their whole lives. Conclusion Diabetes is indeed a rising threat. It has become one of the most common chronic illnesses and many experience its symptoms and complications but are oblivious that they are already at risk for it. However, because of the rising incidents of Diabetes, more concerned citizens are forming organizations and advocacies to assist the affected population. [...]
[...] Expenses which patients are to be concerned about are medical costs which include medical services and supplies. Specifically, they are hospital costs, health care at home, laboratory tests and other treatments. These may either be paid or not by health systems such as insurances. Other costs may include professional help regarding stress and other conditions not directly related to the disease (The Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group, 2003). In Brown's case, his expenses obviously include hospitalization, professional help and medications. [...]
[...] Self-medication is a very difficult and risky move especially for people who have health problems. The patient's experience should be an eye-opener for patients who have been experiencing the same symptoms. Identification, Discussion, and Analysis of Issues within the Clinical Situation Mr. Brown's condition is only one of the many cases of diabetes. Diabetes Mellitus or simply Diabetes has become a major problem in the world because of its prevalence in different continents. It can appear in all ages and in both sexes. [...]
[...] However, due to the patient's decision to stop treatment, he had also contracted mild retinal damage (poor vision) and other symptoms which are often mistaken for signs of old age. He also remained overweight. Further treatment for his condition was made including Insulin injections. Also, he was advised by a dietician to stay away from certain foods filled with sugar and carbohydrates and was recommended to focus on fiber-rich food. Unfortunately, the treatment did not contain his sugar levels as hoped. [...]
[...] The patient must therefore be educated about the background of the disease, treatment—proper nutrition, physical and emotional therapies, medications—and other consequences of the sickness—other complications of the body, physical and emotional stress. Basically, the patients have to be oriented with an overview of their sickness and how to respond to their condition (Koenigsberg et al., 2004). In order for patients to receive this training, they must also be aided by professionals. Organizations such as the American Diabetes Association have created programs to facilitate self-management programs (American Diabetes Association, 2008). [...]
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