Type two diabetes has become one of the leading chronic diseases in the United States. Identifying individuals’ barriers to managing their type two diabetes or even preventing Type two diabetes is essential for the management and prevention of the disease. It is critical for individuals to prevent complications (i.e. cardiovascular disease, neuropathy, eye damage) of diabetes by having good glycemic control. Having a strong support system in place at home, at work, and with their health care provider(s) is important in the management of glycemic control. An A1C level, which is the average of the individual’s blood glucose over the past three months helps in diagnosing pre-diabetes or diabetes mellitus type two. A diagnosis of diabetes is not something easy to accept and may require the patient to make significant lifestyle changes to control their diabetes mellitus type two. An APRN, physician, or educator will be at the center of the patient’s care and helps the individual to manage their diabetes diagnosis by setting goals, recommending lifestyle changes, and medication management. Having a strong support system at home and with the provider is very important and has been shown to help improve the patient’s A1C.
Harper, Ashlee, "Implementing a Type II Diabetes Support Group in a Primary Care Practice" (2021). Master of Science in Nursing Scholarly Project. 30.