Diabetes and Drug Treatments

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million children and adults have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United States. Approximately 2 million more are diagnosed every year, with another 79 million people considered to be at a pre-diabetic state (ADA, 2011). These millions of people are at risk of several alterations including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, neuropathy, and blindness. Since diabetes has a major impact on the health of millions of people around the world, it is essential for advanced practice nurses to understand the pathophysiology and associated alterations of this disorder, as well as treatment and management options. In this Assignment, you compare types of diabetes, including drug treatments for type 1, type 2, gestational, and juvenile diabetes.
To prepare:
Review this week’s media presentation on the endocrine system and diabetes (word format), the Peterson, et al, article in your Learning Resources.
Think about the differences in the pathophysiology of types of diabetes, including type 1, type 2, gestational, and juvenile diabetes.
Select one type of diabetes.
Consider one type of drug used to treat the type of diabetes you selected, including proper preparation and administration of this drug. Then, reflect on dietary considerations related to treatment.
Think about the short-term and long-term impact on patients of the type of diabetes you selected, including effects of drug treatments.
Review the American Diabetes Association’s “Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes–2012” web article in your Learning Resources. Consider one technique you would use to educate patients on these diabetes treatment standards.
Write a 3- to 4-page paper that addresses the following:
Explain the differences in the pathophysiology of types of diabetes, including type 1, type 2, gestational, and juvenile diabetes.
Describe one type of drug used to treat the type of diabetes you selected, including proper preparation and administration of this drug. Be sure to also include dietary considerations related to treatment.
Explain the short-term and long-term impact on patients of the type of diabetes you selected, including effects of drug treatments.
Describe one technique you would use to educate patients on the “Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. ReminderThe School of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing Center provides an example of those required elements (available at http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/57.htm). All papers submitted must use this formatting.

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