nt. It changes the way you interact with family and friends, and in how you view yourself, whether you consider yourself well or not well," McMahon said. Type 2 diabetes "also affects feelings of self-worth and fault because the community often blames people for having this problem."
McMahon said he'd like to see care move toward a more patient-centered environment that can help patients identify helpful strategies for improving their health. This could be accomplished with health care teams -- including nurse educators, primary care doctors, endocrinologists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists and nutritionists -- that would address the whole patient, said McMahon.
Learn more about preventing type 2 diabetes from the American Diabetes Association.
SOURCES: Mohammed Ali, M.B.Ch.B., assistant professor, global health and epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and consultant, division of diabetes translation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Graham McMahon, M.D., M.M.Sc., associate professor, medicine, Harvard Medical School, and diabetes specialist, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; April 25, 2013, New England Journal of Medicine
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