retinopathies, nephropathies, and neuropathies) and macrovascular (damage to larger vessels; coronary artery, peripheral vascular, and cerebral vascular) disease (Huether & McCance, 2017). The most important education for these patients comes down to medication adherence along with dietary and exercise regimens. Through these, patients will learn how to alter their lifestyle to fit their disease processes and will also benefit any comorbidities they may have. Once diagnosed with diabetes, a patient must be made to understand that they have to change their lifestyle in order to accommodate this disease and extend their quality of life. Conclusion Being diagnosed with this type of a disease can be devastating and if a patient is not educated properly, it will lead to months, or possibly even years, of noncompliance and heartache. Diabetes is a disease that affects every facet of a patient’s body and has the capability of causing irreparable damage to the kidneys, heart, and musculoskeletal system, to name a few. Amputations are frequent for noncompliant patients, as is dialysis and the agony of waiting on a transplant list. Many have also lost their lives to this disease. Education and management are at the apex of what needs to be accomplished for these patients, but it must be on an individual basis in order to enhance the pharmacotherapeutics effects of the medications prescribed. 5
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