Diabetic Case Study

Diabetes refers to a condition in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or because cells don't respond to the insulin that is produced (Wikipedia, 2010).   In this case, I will cover the incidence of diabetes in the United States (U.S.), and what is the diabetes including the signs and symptoms, diabetes as a chronic disease, and educational needs.   In addition, psychosocial challenges that patients like Mr. D. encounter as undiagnosed diabetes is included in this case study.  
Incidence of Diabetes in the United States
According to the Scholastic parent & child, nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes, and another 57 million, including two million 12-to 19-year-olds have "pre-diabetes," which puts them at risk for developing Type two diabetes, the most common form of the disease (“In the news: diabetes,” 2009).   Furthermore, there are increase in the number of people who have diabetes in the United States,   Epidemiologists from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that almost 13% of adults age 20 and above have diabetes and 40% of them were remained undiagnosed (“In the United States, Diabetes at Epidemic Levels,” 2009).
Typical Presenting Signs of Diabetes
According to Neighbors and Tannehill-Jones (2006), common signs of diabetes are characterized by symptoms of polyuria (excessive urination), polydipsia (excessive thirst), and polyphagia (excessive eating) often known as three P’s and hyperglycemia, means the excessive sugar in the blood.   In case of patient D, he has the following symptoms: excessively thirst and frequent urination and weight loss that are the indicative signs of diabetes that are untreated.  

Potential Effects of Diabetes as a Chronic Process
Diabetes can affect many parts of the body and can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, and lower-limb amputations.   Uncontrolled...