In this assignment I am going to talk about someone was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2007, the effect their lifestyle has had on their condition and what exactly the healthcare provision is doing to help. I will be changing the names of all people and places in line with the NMC(2008) Code of Conduct.
I am doing my report on a 47 year old female who i will be referring to as Mrs X, she received the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes 5 years ago. Mrs X is currently classed as obese, very rarely exercises, drinks excessive alcohol and smokes around 20-30 cigarettes a day, so was at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, also she was 42 at the time of diagnosis and studies show that ‘’type 2 diabetes occurs mainly in people over 40 “Nice (2008)”. When she was younger Mrs X exercised regularly, ate healthily, very rarely drank alcohol and before being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes never had any health problems. However after having children it became hard for Mrs X to make time to exercise and she also took to eating ready meals and fast food as it was quicker and easier.
It is likely that her change in lifestyle gradually contributed towards developing type 2 diabetes. Recent statistics (NHS 2008) show that of all people aged 35 and over, classified as having a raised waist circumference, men were twice as likely and women four times as likely to have type 2 diabetes. Eating unhealthily and being inactive are contributory factors when it comes to diagnosing diabetes type 2, it has been proven that muscle cells have more insulin receptors than fat cells therefore a person can decrease insulin resistance by exercising. Being active also lowers blood sugar levels by helping insulin be more effective, therefore someone with type 2 diabetes would benefit greatly from being active. Reference
Other lifestyle factors of Mrs X that may have contributed to developing type...