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A multilevel life course perspective on type 2 diabetes

Tzizik, Dan MPAS, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: December 2019 - Volume 32 - Issue 12 - p 34–38
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000604868.56572.28
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ABSTRACT The prevalence of type 2 diabetes has increased over the past 3 decades, particularly among adolescents as obesity also increases in this age group. Given the long-term effects associated with type 2 diabetes, public health intervention is needed. However, simply advising a patient to lose weight and increase physical exercise ignores the complex interplay of many levels of influences throughout a patient's life. This article describes type 2 diabetes from a multilevel life course perspective that can help clinicians find areas of possible intervention and understand the challenges patients face.

Dan Tzizik practices in the ED at Concord (N.H.) Hospital. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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