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07-5631-20033: Diabetes Mellitus: Pathophysiology & Clinical Guidelines

Course Description:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits (7 CEs).
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Published: October 2012
Updated: July 2020
Expires: August 2023
Course Instructor: Beverly Thomassian, RN, BC-ADM, MPH, CDE
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • List factors pertaining to the etiology and pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus.
  • Recognize criteria relevant to the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus.
  • Describe complications associated with diabetes mellitus.
  • Discuss concepts related to dental intervention, education and treatment planning of patients with diabetes mellitus.
  • Identify key factors in maintaining optimal blood glucose levels.
  • Describe life saving procedures for individuals experiencing a diabetic emergency.

Course Description

Writers describe people with symptoms of diabetes mellitus as early as 1500 BC. The disease name (meaning, “to siphon”) originated with the Greeks in 230 BC, and related to the excessive urination and wasting that occurs with untreated diabetes. Early classifications of diabetes are credited to the Susrata of the Hindus, the father of medicine in India. Later, classifications of diabetes mellitus (mellitus is Latin for “honey-sweet”) are refined, and suggested treatments vary from the removal of diuretic food to taking tepid baths.

During the 19th Century, Claude Bernard theorized glycogenolysis as connected to the cause of diabetes mellitus. By the 1920’s scientists recognized insulin’s role in the regulation of blood glucose. Today the pathophysiology of diabetes is more clearly understood yet the cure remains elusive (ADA 2017).

This course reviews Diabetes Mellitus and how it effects the dental healthcare setting. There is information on the dental patient with diabetes, dental intervention, education, treatment, intervention in diabetic emergencies, technical updates, etc. This course is good for all members of the dental team.

About the Authors

As president of Diabetes Education Services, Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM, believes that we can improve diabetes care through education, advocacy and curiosity. As a diabetes coach, she promotes excellence in care through her live courses and webinar presentations.

Beverly is a Diabetes Nurse Specialist and is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) and a visiting professor at California State University, Chico (CSU Chico). As a Diabetes Nurse Specialist at a local Indian Health Services Health Center, she keeps her clinical skills fresh through one-on-one consultation, provider collaboration and quality improvement initiatives.

Ms. Wright is a continuing education editor and writer as well as a Temp PRN with agencies in the Washington State area. Ms. Wright earned her MS at the UNM and Pierce College of Washington State in 1997 and certification in Utilization of the 970 Diode Laser and Safety in Dentistry in February of 2015. Ms. Wright works to implement Dental Education seminars as a Hospital-Dental Liaison building collaborative, mutual efforts to promote patient wellness between medical practitioners and dentists while prioritizing care for untreated, medially compromised patients.

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Contact Hours: 7.00
Price: $70.00

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