Diabetes Management Student`s
Besides being commended for sharing the presentation with mycolleagues in my community, a recommendation was fronted to me on theneed for more proactive mechanisms aimed at managing diabetes in thecommunity. My previous research revealed that diabetes levels havebeen on the rise within the society as informed by such issues aslifestyles, social economic status as well as ecological factors. Onthe other hand, effective management of the condition was equallyseen to rely much on proactive mechanisms that address the causingfactors as against the treatment of the condition which in most casesis diagnosed at later stages (Chinet al, 2000).
I had in the past been proactive in advocating for positive socialchange within the society as an effective tool for management of suchlifestyle related conditions in the society. Different groups ofpeople face varying levels of vulnerability to diabetes (especiallytype 2). First, my efforts have been directed toward early diagnosisof the condition through frequent and affordable diabetes tests toall. Change of lifestyles like increased consumption of junk foods aswell as adoption of a more active lifestyle like excercising, hasbeen my primary management approaches (Signorelloet al, 2007). Nevertheless, I have also been advocating fordietary and medical intervention, especially for the patients.
On the other hand, as much as I have been passionate in devising andpromoting such ways as are likely to manage the condition and reducevulnerability, it must be appreciated that overall effectivenesswould only be realized if various medical practicing agencies wouldcollaborate. In my role as a health leader in the community, I intendto collaborate with policy makers at the ground to foster designingof appropriate policies which will address the social, economic andsocial-ecological factors associated with diabetes (Southwick,1998). Increased advocacy on self management of diabetes andadoption of better education programs would go a long way in themanagement of the condition within the society (Hinder &Greenhalgh, 2012).
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