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  1. Introduction
  2. Description of cinical situation
  3. Discussion of relevance of clinical situation
  4. Identification, discussion, and analysis of issues within the clinical situation
  5. Obesity and lifestyle change
  6. Financial issues
  7. Discussion/ analysis of how future practice may be influenced
  8. Conclusion
  9. Bibliography

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. [...]

[...] Diabetes Care S95-S96. Holetzky, S. (2008). What is chronic illness?. Wisegeek. Retrieved May from Koenigsberg, M. R., Bartlett, D. & Kramer, J. S. (2004). Facilitating treatment adherence with lifestyle changes in diabetes. American Family Physician 309-316. Lipsky, M. S. & Sharp, L. K. (2004). Preventive therapy for diabetes: Lifestyle changes and the primary care physician. American Family Physician 269- Mayfield, J. (1998). Diagnosis and classification [...]

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