Introduction to Diabetes - December 2, 2016

Welcome to our introductory course on diabetes. 

Introduction to Diabetes

What is Diabetes?

What is Diabetes?

“A condition characterized by hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) resulting from the body's inability to use blood glucose for energy.”

- American Diabetes Association


What is Diabetes? Video

 

To learn more about the role of insulin in the body, click on the above video.

 

The Role of Insulin

Insulin enables blood sugar (glucose) to move from the bloodstream into cells.

Without insulin, blood sugar (glucose) cannot move to the body's cells, so it accumulates in the blood.

Knowledge Check

Let's review what we've learned so far.

Diabetes is a condition characterized by resulting from the body's inability to use blood glucose for energy.

 is a hormone that enables blood glucose to move from the bloodstream into a person's cells.

Symptoms of Diabetes

Symptoms of Diabetes

Left untreated, diabetes may cause the following symptoms:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision

Knowledge Check

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Infrequent urination
  • Blurred vision

Time for another knowledge check. 

What are the symptoms of untreated diabetes? More than one response may be correct.

Reflective Activity

We have reviewed the definition of diabetes and its associated symptoms.

Now, take a moment to reflect on what you have learned. How will this new knowledge impact your practice?