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Impact of Preventable Diseases

Discuss the human/behavioral and economic impact of preventable diseases in the U.S. and how disease management programs may be beneficial in these cases. Discuss how disease management programs may help to guide in the care of chronic disease and improve quality of care of patients. Include two APA citations

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Consider the implications for a patient who has a chronic illness, let's say, diabetes mellitus.

Diabetes, if left untreated, can cause neuropathy that ultimately degenerates into unsustainable conditions for tissue to survive in. You've probably heard of people with diabetes having problems with loss of sensation in their feet, and resulting infections like gangrene. Some people even have to have parts amputated. This is worsened and quickened if a patient does not keep check of their glucose/insulin balance, which in some cases by extension, also applies to patients with diabetes who are careless with their diets.

The cost of such typically means treatment for an infected foot, let's say, which sometimes results in amputation. The costs, both financial and to the quality of life, are fairly obvious. In the States especially, the operation to safely amputate a part is likely very costly. The follow-up care and hospital stay, just as ...

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The solution discusses the impact of preventable diseases.