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ERIC Number: EJ871051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Making an Impact
Davis, Sam
Adults Learning, v20 n5 p30-31 Jan 2009
Two thirds of UK adults are considered overweight or obese. This trend is reflected in Wakefield, a small semi-rural city of just over 300,000. The rise in obesity is worrying for a number of reasons. It can lead to heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and diabetes. Wakefield is currently witnessing an explosion of those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and, in 2007, more than 12,000 people were registered as having this long-term condition. This is only the tip of the iceberg; there are many others with the disease who have not yet been diagnosed. Diabetes mellitus is a difficult disease to understand and once an individual is diagnosed there is only disease "management," not cure. Effective management can be gained through a highly controlled diet coupled with exercise, or through administering drugs. In either case, the person with diabetes mellitus has to understand the importance of measuring the levels of sugar present in the blood and, by using one of the two methods of control described, maintain a healthy balance so as not to cause further health complications. Managing this long-term condition is extremely difficult. It requires a high-level appreciation of how diabetes acts on the hormones in the body. It is also crucial for people with diabetes to understand what the consequences could be if the condition is left unmanaged--consequences such as heart disease, blindness, or circulation problems which can lead to amputation of the foot. If these two aspects of diabetes are understood, then one can begin to talk about management, which, again, involves a high level of ability and skills--specifically around literacy, numeracy, nutrition and physical activity. Managing a health condition like diabetes requires a sound understanding of how to manage the disorder. In this article, the author describes how her Primary Care Trust has responded to the challenge by developing a strategic approach to health literacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom