Diabetes Awareness Training
Diabetes is a common condition; it affects 1 in every 17 people and it’s estimated that there are currently 3.2 million people living with diabetes in the UK. As someone who may be offering support to a diabetic individual, you will be best equipped to do so if you have a strong understanding of the condition.
This course will familiarise you with the different types of diabetes, the long-term complications and short-term risks, the various forms of treatment available, and how their condition can impact on day-to-day life. With this knowledge, you will be able to confidently offer your advice and support to a diabetic individual and recognise how they can successfully manage their condition, and ultimately help improve their quality of life.
Developed by healthcare professionals
Accredited by CPD
Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
Full audio voiceover
Approximate duration: 4-5 hours
On completion, certificate is posted the next working day
Who Should Take This Course?
Anyone who may be providing support to a diabetic person will benefit from the information contained in this course – whether they’re a healthcare professional or carer,
or other individual invested in supporting a person they know with diabetes. It will give them a stronger understanding of how they can help diabetics go about their
day-to-day life as comfortably as possible and prevent short-term and long-term complications.
On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working
day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit.
All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming
to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.
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If you wish to try this course then register for a demo by clicking the 'interactive demo' button. You will be given the option to purchase and continue with your course at the end of your demo!
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The course is divided into 6 accessible, interactive modules and includes an assessment at the end:
- Module One: Introduction to Diabetes – what is diabetes?, what is type 1 diabetes?, what is type 2 diabetes?,
what is gestational diabetes?, symptoms of diabetes, and complications of diabetes.
- Module Two: Understanding Long-Term Complications – cardiovascular disease, nephropathy, retinopathy,
neuropathy, reducing the risks of long-term complications, and recommended targets: blood glucose, blood pressure, and lipids (blood fats).
- Module Three: Understanding Short-Term Complications – hypoglycaemia, treating hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia,
treating hyperglycaemia, ketoacidosis, treating ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state, treating hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state,
illnesses, and monitoring blood glucose.
- Module Four: Types of Treatment: Insulin and Medication – what’s the aim of treatment?, how are type 1 and type 2 treated?, types of
insulin, using insulin, types of medication: metformin, sulphonylureas, pioglitazone, acarbose, DPP-4 inhibitors, and GLP-1 analogues, medication for
minimising long-term risks, and adverse effects: insulin and medication.
- Module Five: Types of Treatment: Diet and Exercise – eating well, counting carbohydrate, glycaemic index (GI), keeping fit, and losing weight.
- Module Six: Managing Everyday Life – driving, working life, pregnancy, sex life, and emotional impact.
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Aims of the Course
By the end of this course, learners will understand:
- What the different types of diabetes are, how they are caused, and common symptoms of diabetes.
- The long-term complications of diabetes, such as cardiovascular disease or retinopathy, and how to prevent them.
- The short-term risks of diabetes, including hypoglycaemia and ketoacidosis, and how to prevent or treat them.
- General recommended targets for blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and lipids (blood fats).
- The importance of blood glucose monitoring.
- The various forms of treatment for diabetes, i.e. insulin, medication, diet, and exercise.
- Managing diet by counting carbohydrate and referring to foods' glycaemic index (GI).
- How diabetes impacts on a person's day-to-day life, including driving, work, pregnancy, sex life, and their emotional wellbeing.
The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will
be asked 15 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The
answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed.
If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with
no extra charge.
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