Which nursing diagnosis is most appropriate for a patient with a new onset of diabetes mellitus type II, who is making frequent trips to the vending machine for candy and soda?


•This patient is not demonstrating that he has the knowledge to modify his diet to manage his newly diagnosed diabetes.  When a patient receives the diagnosis of diabetes, the patient does not always immediately make the changes necessary to manage their blood sugar. This can be a result of denial, fear, or simply not understanding why the changes are important. Ongoing teaching is important during that initial period to ensure the patient has the knowledge to make informed health care decisions.

Incorrect options:

•Obesity and sedentary lifestyle are risk factors for developing type II diabetes but are not priority nursing diagnoses in the initial stage.

•The patient does have risk for infection due to elevated blood sugars but resolving the knowledge deficiency will lead to a reduced risk for infection.

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