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Diabetes Overview: Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes has reached epidemic levels throughout the world. As of 2020, approximately 34.2 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, with type 2 diabetes accounting for 95% of those cases. Worldwide, there are approximately 463 million adults living with diabetes, and that number is expected to rise to 700 million by the year 2045. Diabetes reportedly causes 70 billion dollars in health expenditures (as of 2019).

The goal of this course is to educate healthcare providers on these conditions and treatment recommendations. Such education will empower them with the skills necessary for early identification and intervention with these at-risk individuals, lowering the risk of potentially life-altering, long-term complications.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the prevalence of Types 1 and 2 diabetes in the United States.
  2. Describe symptoms of Type 1 diabetes in a pediatric patient.
  3. Discuss risk factors for Type 2 and gestational diabetes.
  4. Describe lifestyle interventions to lower risk of Type 2 diabetes complications. 
  5. Define the diagnostic criteria for the confirmation of Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes.

Curriculum

Chapter 1: Type 1 Diabetes

  • Signs and symptoms
  • Diagnostic studies
  • Treatment recommendations

Chapter 2: Type 2 Diabetes

  • Risk factors
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Diagnostic studies
  • Treatment recommendations

Chapter 3: Gestational Diabetes

  • Risk factors
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Diagnostic studies
  • Treatment recommendations

Chapter 4: Case Study

Chapter 5: References

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Maureen Sullivan-Tevault

Maureen graduated nursing school in 1981 and has spent her years in the Emergency and Trauma field, including nursing positions as the Emergency Department Manager, Director of Staff Education, Trauma Coordinator, Cardiology Nurse Navigator, and Stroke Program Manager.

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