Type 2 Diabets-Helping Patients Take Control-Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) has reached an epidemic level in the United States and continues to rise. An estimated 23.6 million people, about 8% of the U.S. population, have T2DM. Uncontrolled T2DM doubles a person’s risk for death, and on average, individuals with T2DM lose 10 to 15 years of life. The management of T2DM remains a major clinical challenge for nurse practitioners (NPs) and other healthcare professionals, as a large proportion of patients still do not achieve optimal glycemic control. Moreover, complications and comorbidities that are associated with T2DM, such as macrovascular and microvascular complications, can be overlooked, placing the patient at greater risk for morbidity and mortality. Developing a T2DM treatment strategy that includes strict glucose control and mitigates complications and comorbidities is likely to improve outcomes in patients with this condition. It is therefore imperative that NPs and others who treat T2DM be aware of optimal treatment methods in this patient population.
Incorporate current guideline recommendations into the overall care plan of patients with T2DM.
Integrate patient-centered strategies for intensifying therapy to reach established treatment goals.
Summarize the clinical implications of comorbidities and approaches to prevent or delay their effects.
Identify key resources for T2DM patient education and clinical management.
1.0 Free AANP CEUs which includes 0.5 Hours of Pharmacology