New course offering addresses diabetes prevention and management

Diabetes is a global public health problem and its complications contribute to many of the leading causes of death and disability. The management of this chronic condition requires lifelong behavioral and lifestyle changes. In this course, we will explore the diabetes epidemic, its effects on the healthcare system, and strategies for prevention. The pathophysiology of the disease will be examined as well as environmental factors leading to the increase in diagnoses. Rationale for current therapeutic strategies will be explored, including the use of blood glucose monitoring, physical activity, nutrition counseling, oral medications, and insulin therapy. Patient education and health literacy will be studied in the context of patient centered goal setting. Community program development will be examined in the context of population-based prevention strategies. Prereq: NTRN 201 and Junior or Senior Status.