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Pharmacologic Treatment of Diabetes

presented by Barbara DeMarco, PT, OT, PhD

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Financial: Barbara Gladson receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.


 Non-Financial: Barbara Gladson has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course reviews the pathophysiology and drug treatment for Type 1 Diabetes. The synthesis and release of insulin as well as its stimulus for release is discussed. Students will review exogenous insulin treatment and learn how patients match the amount of insulin injected with food intake and activity.

Meet Your Instructor

Barbara DeMarco, PT, OT, PhD

Dr. DeMarco (formerly Gladson) is the Senior Associate Dean for Education at the Rutgers University School of Health Professions and is currently co-leading the Workforce Development Core for the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science's NIH CTSA for Princeton, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She also is…

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1. Overview of Diabetes

In chapter one, Barbara Gladson will describe the signs and symptoms of Diabetes and explain the diagnostic categories of Diabetes. She will also review the effects of and interpret blood glucose values as well as describe glucose monitoring devices.

2. Insulin

Chapter two will cover the physiologic control of insulin and the triggers for release. Barbara Gladson will describe the insulin molecule and compare and contrast the different insulin regimens. She will also explain the mode of administration for insulin and the signs of hypoglycemia and institute emergency treatment when it is indicated.

3. Insulin and Exercise

In the final chapter Barbara Gladson will review the effects of exercise on glucose and insulin levels and go over the guidelines for exercising a patient with Diabetes. She will show you how to interpret the literature to determine how insulin doses should be modified with changes in exercise mode. The chapter concludes with a question and answer session with PT Holly Tanner.

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