The role of obesity in the onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus
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The role of obesity in the onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus

Linda Cloete Lecturer, Discipline of Nursing, Avondale College of Higher Education, Sydney, Australia
Brett Mitchell Associate professor of nursing and director of Lifestyle Research Centre, Discipline of Nursing, Avondale College of Higher Education, Sydney, Australia
Darren Morton Senior lecturer and course coordinator of postgraduate studies in lifestyle medicine, Lifestyle Research Centre, Avondale College of Higher Education, Sydney, Australia

The onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus is associated with various modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors, including lifestyle factors. Obesity is the principal lifestyle factor associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is essential for nurses to have an understanding of the pathophysiology associated with factors that contribute to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, particularly those associated with obesity. Nurses who have an understanding of the interaction between obesity and the onset of type 2 diabetes are better equipped to discuss the importance of weight loss and other necessary lifestyle adjustments in the prevention and management of obesity and diabetes associated with obesity, to implement evidence-based practice and to support patients to manage their health effectively.

Nursing Standard. 31, 22, 59-71. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10672

Correspondence

Linda.Cloete@avondale.edu.au

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 30 August 2016

Accepted: 16 September 2016

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