“Maria’s Story”)


Analyze the case study found on p. 198 (“Maria’s Story”) in your textbook by addressing the assigned questions below.

While analyzing the case, be sure to identify the major problems and issues.

  • Draft a response or strategy for addressing the major problems and issues.
  • Make recommendations to improve the patient’s health.
  • Discuss any negative consequences that may occur if the patient’s health issue is not addressed.

Your response should be at least two pages in length. Include at least one reference to support your work in APA style. You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.


Colbert, B. J., Ankney, J., & Lee, K. T. (2013). Anatomy, physiology, and disease: An interactive journey for health professionals (2nd ed.). Pearson Education. https://online.vitalsource.com/#/books/9780133463514

Pg. 198 Maria’s story

Maria, our 35-year-old diabetic, has been developing a series of integumentary system problems over the past several years. Diabetes can, in some ways, be considered a vascular disease. Research the effects of diabetes as it relates to the integumentary system. How and why does diabetes affect wound healing? Why is there a high incidence of toe and leg amputations in the diabetic population? What preventative care measures can be taken to ensure good health of the diabetic’s integumentary system?