Sharecare News posted a story about Nursing:
WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- The United States has a shortage of primary care doctors, and some policymakers want to fill the gap by expanding the role of nurse practitioners. But the two professions are engaged in a turf war over who can do the job better, a new survey finds.
What health professionals are involved treating diabetes?
The most important person involved in the treatment of diabetes is the person diagnosed with the disease. It is your diagnosis and you should have a say in care, an explanation of the illness, what lifestyle changes are necessary in remaining healthy, and what professionals will help you successfully... Full Post
What is a patient advocate?
A patient advocate is a person who will help someone navigate through the often complex world of healthcare. The advocate will make sure you understand what procedures you are getting done, where to get them, and who to speak with for answers. The person is your ally and assists you in receiving... Full Post
Can stress management techniques eliminate stress?Thank you for this excellent question. There are many stress management techniques that can work for an individual. These can include exercise, yoga, meditation, deep breathing, counting to ten, listening to music, and laughter. All of these are excellent choices to alleviate stress. However, each... Full Post
How can a diabetes educator help me manage my diabetes?A certified diabetes educator (CDE) can help you not only manage your diabetes, but educate you on this disease of diabetes, and its complications. Being educated on a chronic disease is vital, it empowers you to learn all you need to know for safe management of this disease, allows you to make wise... Full Post
What should I do if I have thoughts of suicide?
Pain comes in many forms and though many are taught about physical pain, there is less conversation of mental pain. Sucidal thoughts and actions are types of mental pain and anguish. They are often based on feelings of hoplessness, helplessness, and feeling alone, even if surrounded by others.
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Is diabetes a self-managed illness?
Diabetes, in itself, is a chronic illness which is self-managed. You are in charge of caring for yourself, taking your medications as prescribed, keeping healthcare providers appointments, and ensuring lifestyle changes are adapted. However, please remember you are not alone in the management of diabetes.... Full Post
What is a smart patient?
Smart patients are those who stay informed on their illness or disease, who understands what they are educated about, who ask questions, who follow suggestion on their care. Smart patients are those who seek out advice from reliable sources, who keep appointment with healthcare providers, who und... Full Post
Can social isolation increase my risk for disease?
Human beings are social animals. We thrive on spending time with others, relating to others, and feeling close to others. Those we interact with closely and feel intimate with do not have to be large in numbers. Yet, we must, in order to achieve happiness in life, must have at least a few people... Full Post
What lifestyle habits can improve my mental health?
Thank you for a question that is extremely important, relevant to our times, and vital to the mental and physical health of all human beings. Healthcare professionals understand that the key to good physical and mental health is a lifestyle that is also healthy. It is hard to separate the physical... Full Post
How does stress affect my diabetes?
Thank you for this excellent question. Healthcare providers and researchers are just beginning to fully comprehend the impact of stress on all aspects of our lives, physical and mental. Stress can cause certain diseases and make certain diseases work. The connection of mind to body is fascinating... Full Post
How can I prevent HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection?
Thank you for this excellent question. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is spread through blood and body fluids and transmitted in specific ways listed in no particular order. Sharing of needles with an intravenous drug user, can cause HIV. Unprotected sex can also cause HIV. Transmission from... Full Post
Where can I find online support if I have diabetes?
I am glad you have chosen to use your computer as a source for good health. The internet, despite all its negative publicity, is an amazing resource. I have found some sources for you and I hope these are helpful. Patients and consumers who take care of their chronic illnesses, are the most import link... Full Post
What result on a fasting glucose test indicates diabetes?
The rule of thumb is that if your fasting blood glucose level is above 126 mg/dL you will be diagnosed with diabetes. This test will be repeated for a second time.
Your healthcare provider will also ask you if you have had any signs or symptoms of high blood sugars such as increased thirst, increased... Full Post
Why is it so much harder to control my blood glucose when I am sick?
Stress is an amazing component of life. There is stress from everyday life events, which is considered a mental form of stress. Then, there is stress from a physical illness. Both forms of stress can increase your blood sugar levels. As an easy rule to remember, whenever you are mentally or physically... Full Post