October 7, 2012
Instructor: Catherine Doughty
In this final project of the class, we are asked to follow a widespread psychological issue to be chosen from a list of subjects. The overview that was selected was diabetes. An explanation of the health issue overview, education program, and a proposal to improve the program will be explained in the following paragraphs as well as psychology issues, risk factors, and treatments that are associated with this disease.
After researching diabetes, the findings were that African Americans are the ethnic group that is most affected by the disease. 4.9 million African Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes and the numbers continuously rise every year. (Centers for Disease Control, pg.3, 2011) Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and strokes are a major cause of death linked to this disease at an alarming rate of 67%. Psychology in diabetes care is important because it is linked as well with the illness. The psychologist provides direct services to the patient by promoting health behaviors and treatment of psychological problems and provides counseling to patients that do not adhere to the diabetes regimen. They help them to understand the severity of diabetes and its symptoms and outcomes as well as provide knowledge. Helping the patient with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and additional burdens from everyday life effects health as well and the team of professionals work with the patient because these factors can cause elevation in blood sugars and interrupt routines such as eating and sleeping. Finding a way to cope is beneficial in the patient’s health. (Michael A. Harris, PhD., pgs. 1 and 2, October 7, 2012)
The risk factors of diabetes that can be controlled are weight, how we eat, and the health of the mind and body. By controlling weight by eating healthy and incorporating a system of health with beneficial exercise, a person can...