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:
Practice Nurse featured articles
The annual diabetes review: how can we improve? Margaret Perry
Diabetic footcare: Part 1. Avoiding amputations Cathy Moulton, Clinical Adviser Diabetes UK
Diabetic footcare: Part 2. The diabetic foot review Margaret Perry
Alphabet strategy for diabetes http://www.abcdiabetes.co.uk/abc-for-healthcare-professionals/
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
Further education and training
Diabetes courses available from Education for Health
Date of preparation: February 2014
Updated: January 2016