Chronic hyperglycemia in poorly controlled diabetes is associated with damage, dysfunction and failure of many organ systems. Consistently raised blood glucose levels can result in damage to blood vessels throughout the body. Even mildly raised levels that do not result in symptoms can have lasting, damaging effects on blood vessels, nerves and organs.
Diabetes is a complicated disease that requires management by a highly specialized network of healthcare professionals based in hospital and primary care. Although patients can focus on insulin regimens and medication adherence, there is an array of practical advice that you can provide to patients to help them manage and identify possible complications of their diabetes.
By the end of this course participants should be able to explain: