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Garlic bulbs and cloves, cucumbers, and carrots arranged on a table.
Figure 7.1 Endocrine wellness is connected to a healthy diet full of vegetables. (credit: modification of work “Vegetables” by Scott Bauer/Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Endocrine disorders, such as diabetes and thyroid disease, require careful diet and lifestyle management. Accordingly, nurses play a critical role in promoting nutrition for endocrine wellness. For example, nurses instructing clients with diabetes on proper nutrition can significantly improve their clients’ glycemic control (Martos-Cabrera et al., 2021). Nurses can collaborate with other health care professionals to develop comprehensive treatment plans for clients with endocrine disorders. Multidisciplinary interventions can improve glycemic control and reduce hospitalizations in clients with type 2 diabetes (Ni et al., 2019).

Consider this case: Meena, a 44-year-old Indian American female was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and type 2 diabetes. Meena develops some concerning symptoms and comes to the clinic for evaluation.

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