Below is a summary of Taylor’s electronic health record (EHR) during his visit. As a health coach, your job is to recommend lifestyle changes to alleviate symptoms, prevent symptoms from recurring and decrease the need for future care or hospitalization. You will also provide the education Taylor needs to understand his diagnosis and the risk factors that may have caused his condition. Using Virtual Physical Exam (VPE), Taylor’s EHR and Internet research, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss the responses with the rest of Taylor’s healthcare team.
Internet Research: The most important aspect of Taylor’s condition is education. Explain how the following problems could affect his future health.
High blood pressure:
Blood sugar levels:
Internet Research: You also discuss with Taylor and his family the dangers of his high glucose readings, as found in his EHR. You explain that a high glucose reading could lead to a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes; which is a serious condition. You want to stress to Taylor’s family that diabetes management is more than just taking medication and that Taylor must begin monitoring several areas of his health. What other areas will Taylor have to monitor?
On Your Own: As a health coach, you will assist Taylor and his family in creating a plan to help him manage his diet and exercise in order to improve his health and reverse his medical conditions. Set four S.M.A.R.T. goals for Taylor in the areas of weight management, exercise, diet and suggestions for controlling his type 2 diabetes.