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  1. Luger, Shelly RN, BA, BSN
  2. Chabanuk, Arlene J. MSN, RN, CDE, HCS-D


Type 2 diabetes mellitus is on the rise in the United States. National statistics show that 6.3% of the population currently has diabetes, and this percentage is expected to grow (Seley & Wei, 2005). Recent research has identified a correlation between cardiovascular risk factors and diabetes, complicating the care of those persons with diabetes (PWDs) even further. Due to the complexities of related cardiovascular and other comorbidities, it often has been difficult for the home health clinician to provide comprehensive holistic care to the individual with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This article can assist clinicians from all disciplines in providing evidence-based quality care to the PWDs.