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For this weeks discussion I chose to discuss Diabetes.  The goal of Healthy People 2020 is to reduce the risk of burden for those with Diabetes and to improve the quality of life for those with diabetes.  Diabetes occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin and/or cannot respond appropriately to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to absorb and use sugar as fuel for the body’s cells. Without a properly functioning insulin signaling system, blood glucose levels become elevated and other metabolic abnormalities occur, leading to the development of serious, disabling complications (Healthy People, 2018).  One of the directives from the CDC was to design wellness programs at work to prevent diabetes and other workplace illnesses.  This could also prevent complications associated with diabetes (CDC, 2017).
The role of the caregiver is a big part in patient success.  If the patient has a caregiver who is actively involved in the disease process, the outcome for the patient will be much greater.  However, the strain of taking care of a chronically ill patient, can be excruciating.  Taking care of a patient who is chronically ill and sometimes non compliant can be very exhausting, both physically and mentally.  When a patient will not comply with their treatment plan, it can make the caregiver question their role.  Non-compliance on the part of the patient is the greatest cause of caregiver strain.  In order to prevent this strain, caregivers must be able to remove themselves from the situations at times.  They can only do what they can do.  Pushing the patient will not necessarily make them comply with treatment.

 

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