School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Primary Subject Area
Health Sciences, General
diabetes, hemoglobin A1c, education, nutrition, accountability
Henry, Taylor Nicole, "The Importance of Education in the Management of Diabetes" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3733.
Type 2 diabetes continues to affect millions of people every day across the United States. Uncontrolled blood sugars pose a risk to individuals’ overall health by causing microvascular and macrovascular changes and ultimately lead to an earlier mortality. One’s blood sugar levels can be checked at any time, but an individual’s hemoglobin (hgb) A1c is a three-month average that allows the diabetic to have an overview on how they are managing their diabetes. Appropriate nutrition and having someone hold the diabetic accountable have proven to limit these risks by lowering the patient’s hgb A1c. Providers and staff need to do a better job initiating education on diabetes and nutrition, but continual reinforcement is truly needed to ensure the patient is living a healthy life. Barriers, such as lack of finances and time, must be addressed for the patient to find ways to overcome these concerns.