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Recognising and managing the complications of type 2 diabetes

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Recognising and managing the complications of type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the UK, and its prevalence is increasing, largely due to rapid increases in overweight and obesity in recent decades. By 2025, it is estimated that 5 million people in the UK will have diabetes. One of the primary aims of treating diabetes is to prevent the development of complications, which include blindness, kidney disease, amputation and cardiovascular disease. Effective treatment is of paramount importance, therefore, in order to reduce the numbers of people who suffer from these devastating and largely preventable complications.

This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at intermediate level, tests your knowledge of the complications of diabetes based on national and international guidance. Complete the resource to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.

Aims and objectives

On completion of this resource, you should have an understanding of:

  • The macrovascular complications of diabetes
  • The microvascular complications of diabetes
  • The practice nurse’s role in assessing cardiovascular risk in people with diabetes
  • The practice nurse’s role in detecting complications

Reading list

Alphabet strategy for diabetes http://www.abcdiabetes.co.uk/abc-for-healthcare-professionals/

Diabetes UK. State of the Nation: Challenges for 2015 and beyond, 2014

EASD hyperglycaemia guidelines, 2015 http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/38/1/140.full

Holt T and Kumar S. ABC of Diabetes, 2010 Wiley Blackwell West Sussex

NICE NG28 Type 2 diabetes in adults - management, 2015 

http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng28

Further education and training 

Diabetes courses available from Education for Health 

http://www.educationforhealth.org/product-category/cohort/ 

Date of preparation: February 2014

Updated: January 2016