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Obesity in Primary Care: A Case of Endocrine-Associated Conditions

Published:November 26, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2022.10.018

      Highlights

      • Obesity is a complex disease that contributes to many serious health conditions.
      • Primary care nurse practitioners play an important role in treating obesity.
      • A case study discussing obesity and associated endocrine comorbidities is presented.
      • Obesity-related endocrinopathies include polycystic ovary syndrome, hypothyroidism, metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

      Abstract

      Obesity is a complex disease that contributes to increased risk for many serious health conditions. Primary care nurse practitioners play an integral role in the management and treatment of obesity, including endocrine conditions often associated with this chronic disease. This article provides information to increase the knowledge and confidence of nurse practitioners managing obesity and associated comorbidities in the primary care setting. An illustrative case study is presented, followed by a discussion of endocrine-related comorbidities including metabolic syndrome, hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

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      Biography

      Jill Roberts Hobbs, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, CNE, is a clinical assistant professor, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, and can be contacted at [email protected] Kimberly Ellison Wilson, DNP, FNP-C, is a clinical assistant professor, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. In compliance with standard ethical guidelines, the authors report no relationships with business or industry that would pose a conflict of interest.