Living with diabetes mellitus as a chronic illness: A review of literature

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Author: 
Percis P. Khumalo and Tengetile R. Mathunjwa-Dlamini
Abstract: 

Diabetes mellitus is one of the chronic complex diseases which affect the physiological, social and psychological aspects of life interfering with the functional health status of clients. As a chronic disorder, diabetes mellitus is a lifelong condition. In addition, it is either incurable and/or results in pathological changes that limit normal functioning, but controllable by lifestyle changes and medication. As the disease affects all aspects of life, it disrupts patterns of personal functioning and also produces a state of psychological, social and physical imbalance. The psychosocial effects are the most common health challenges among persons living with the disease. This manuscript presents an empirical review of the experiences of individuals living with diabetes mellitus.

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