June 13, 2013
A leading community health concern throughout the Upper Cumberland of Tennessee is diabetes. The Diabetes Center at Cookeville Regional Medical Center offers informative education about diabetes. The background provides the ability to educate patients and family with the skills needed to self-manage his or her health. Patients with diabetes can expect to live a full and productive life, however; changes in lifestyle and diet are necessary. The Diabetes Center focuses on teaching patients the proper ways of making the alterations easier so as to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Community Health Issue for Nashville
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Addressing diabetes care in isolated or disadvantaged communities is a key tactic needed to help individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle. The use of this strategy includes the participation of trained professionals and volunteers who have the knowledge of diabetes, which consists of the familiarity of its routine management (Horowitz, Williams, & Bickell, 2003). The American Diabetes Association with the help of community leaders has sponsored several events as an educational and informative way of addressing the issue of diabetes (Horowitz, Williams, & Bickell, 2003). These events are a way of igniting responses concerning diabetes from the community. One of these events, known as Alert Day, is a one-day wake-up call, so to speak asking communities to take part in Diabetes Risk Test. This test is a way of assisting individuals in determining if he or she is at risk for developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes (Horowitz, Williams, & Bickell, 2003).
These events have helped communities make light of this disease by means of information, conversation, and surveys. Although most of those who respond, say they have the knowledge and expertise needed to understand and take the medications needed, the understanding of other characteristics of diabetes management is not present (Horowitz, Williams, & Bickell, 2003). A typical response from the communities regarding diabetes care and management is the voice of concern about a diabetic diet when there is a lack of money (Horowitz, Williams, & Bickell, 2003). Roughly one-fourth of those who suffer from diabetes do not have a clear understanding pertaining to the fundamentals of managing his or her condition (Horowitz, Williams, & Bickell, 2003). A diabetic must have a clear understanding of what a healthy blood glucose level should be, the allotted amounts of food and drink, how to shop for and prepare the food, and most...