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Type 2 Diabetes: Management


 

Content developed by Clarity Informatics, providers of online solutions to support the nursing community through appraisals and revalidation.

INTRODUCTION

The aim of management of type 2 diabetes is to control hyperglycaemia to minimise the risk of long term complications. This involves not only agreeing and setting individualised targets for HbA1c, and selecting glucose lowering drugs to achieve and maintain target blood glucose levels, but also managing hypertension and raised cholesterol levels. Careful consideration of potential adverse events of therapy, notably hypoglycaemia, is essential when selecting drug treatments.

This module is based on the NICE guideline on the management of type 2 diabetes.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

On completion of this module you will be better able to:

  • Manage the adverse effects of antidiabetic drugs, including hypoglycaemia
  • Manage people with type 2 diabetes during periods of illness
  • Promptly identify and manage acute complications of diabetes, such as dyslipidaemia
  • Minimize the risk of, and screen for, long-term complications of diabetes, such as cardiovascular disease, nephropathy, retinopathy, neuropathy, and psychological problems

This resource is provided at an intermediate level by Clarity Informatics. Read the article and answer the self-assessment questions, and reflect on what you have learned.

Complete the module to obtain a certificate to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.