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Understanding diabetes mellitus and its management: an overview

Meetoo, D and Allen, G 2010, 'Understanding diabetes mellitus and its management: an overview' , Nurse Prescribing 2010 8(7) 320-326, 8 (7) , pp. 320-326.

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    Diabetes mellitus is a lifelong metabolic disorder characterized by a chronically elevated blood glucose level resulting from an absolute or relative shortage of insulin. This condition is fast becoming a global health concern threatening to reach pandemic proportions. Today there are around 250 million people worldwide who are living with this condition and this fi gure is predicted to rise to 366 million in the next twenty years. This increase will be particularly evident in developing countries which experience the double burden of diabetes and infectious diseases. A more concerted, strategic and multi-sectorial policy approach, underpinned by solid research is essential to improve human behaviour and lifestyle to reverse the negative trends in the global incidence of diabetes. There is also a need for nurses and prescribers to be proactive in ensuring that people with diabetes become experts at managing their condition. In so doing, healthcare systems and resources could be used more effectively to reduce human, social and economic impact of this devastating condition.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Prescribing 2010 8(7) 320-326
    Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1479-9189
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 12 May 2011 15:52
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:48

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