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NURS 5123:Family and Group TheoryFamily Intervention PaperAnthony HinesMidwestern State UniversityJuly 24, 2017Introduction
My family of choice is the Diaz family. This is a family which consists of a father who is 49 years old, a mother who is 45 years old, and two children aged 21 and 18 years old. Both the children are daughters, and the elder one is in college while the younger one is in high school. Both parents are working in the business field, and the family runs a mini-grocery shop downtown. During the family assessment, it has been found out that the main issue of the family is that bothparents are diabetic. It is an illness in which the body can no longer produce sufficient insulin resulting to altered metabolism of carbohydrates and increased levels of glucose in the blood and urine. Diabetesis also considered as hereditary. The disease can be passed on to several generations in the family, even with proper maintenance and diet, but can also depend on some factors such as lifestyle and genetic susceptibility. It was also determined based on their family history and genogram that several generations have suffered complications of diabetes, and it is because of insufficient knowledge regarding the progression and prevention of its complications. Health Promotion/Disease PreventionHealth promotion, by definition, is the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health (WHO, 2017). It facilitates a focus on the behavior of an individual towards an extended range of social and environmental interventions (WHO, 2017). Health promotion for diabetic patients usually depend on their lifestyle. It is quite important for a health care provider to include the patient's preference with the intervention to increase patient engagement and compliance with the overall treatment process. Persons suffering from diabetes should critically understand their disease andshould be motivated to modify their lifestyle and behavior to prevent obesity, unhealthy diet, and they should be empowered to exercise, and maintain a blood glucose level within normal range. One of the main reasons why behavior and lifestyle modification is the major point of focus with regard to health promotion and disease prevention of diabetic patients is because diabetes, especially if poorly controlled, could largely contribute to several complications. These complications include blindless (retinopathy), heart attacks, amputations (as a result of gangrenous foot), strokes,
kidney failure (nephropathy), and impotence (Anthony, Odgers, & Kelly, 2004).