A Faith Community Nurse (FCN) is tasked with promoting health within a faith-based community. As with any nursing role, the FCN must keep abreast of current issues and be aware of informational resources to keep his/her practice relevant. The area of focus in this issue is type 2 diabetes. During 2014, the global prevalence of diabetes among adults was estimated at 9%. There are numerous risk factors for type 2 diabetes including both modifiable and non-modifiable. The diagnosis of diabetes can be made based on plasma glucose or Hemoglobin A1C (A1C) criteria.Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes affect many people globally. It is important for FCNs to be able to teach others about the disease process, how to check blood glucose, and why adherence to the medication regimen is important. Furthermore, the patient should understand other actions they can take for a healthier life by eating well and exercising regularly.
Sturgeon, Lizbeth P. PhD; Bragg-Underwood, Tonya M. DNP; and Blankenship, Maire DNP
"Practice Matters: Prevention and Care of Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes,"
International Journal of Faith Community Nursing:
1, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijfcn/vol2/iss1/4