diabetes case study

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Diabetes is a disease which has a significant impact on individuals, family and society (DH, 2002). It affects 1.4 million people across the UK (Hilton and Digner, 2006). Such is the significance of the disease for the National Health Service (NHS) and other resources and services, that the Department of Health published the National Service Framework (NSF) for Diabetes in 2002, setting standards for the diagnosis and management of diabetes (DH, 2002). Diabetes is separated into different types and presentations of the disease. Diseases are characterised by high blood glucose due to a lack of insulin or impaired response to insulin (DH, 2002). In Type 1 Diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin because the cells which produce it, Beta cells in the Islets of Langherhans, have been destroyed by the body's own immune system (DH, 2002; Watkins, 2003). This is the form of diabetes which will be dealt with in this case study. Type 2 diabetes is associated with older age of onset, and is

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diabetes case studyIntroductionDiabetes is a disease which has a significant impact on individuals, family and society (DH, 2002). It affects 1.4 million people across the UK (Hilton and Digner, 2006). Such is the significance of the disease for the National Health Service (NHS) and other resources and services, that the Department of Health published the National Service Framework (NSF) for Diabetes in 2002, setting standards for the diagnosis and management of diabetes (DH, 2002).Diabetes is separated into different types and presentations of the disease. Diseases are characterised by high blood glucose due to a lack of insulin or impaired response to insulin (DH, 2002). In Type 1 Diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin because the cells which produce it, Beta cells in the Islets of Langherhans, have been destroyed by the body's own immune system (DH, 2002; Watkins, 2003). This is the form of diabetes which will be dealt with in this case study. Type 2 diabetes is associated with older age of onset, and is characterised by reduction in insulin production and a degree of insulin resistance (Watkins, 2003).Case HistoryThe patient, G, presents at 4am via paramedic ambulance at the Accident and Emergency department following collapse at her place of work. G is 23 years old, and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 8 months ago. She has been prescribed twice-daily insulin and diet modifications but is known to be non-compliant with this regime and has presented pre

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