Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able:

1. State the physiological effects of insulin.

2. Recognize basic elements of the pancreatic beta cell.

3. Compare and contrast insulin preparations based on source, type, and concentration.

4. Identify situations in which insulin is used.

5. Recognize indications for specific insulin products and insulin therapy regimens.

6. State appropriate administration and storage guidelines for insulin.

7. Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of an insulin pump.

8. Identify the mechanism of action, side effects, and clinical use of anti-diabetic oral agents.

9. Describe the use of combination therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes.

10. Recognize the potential impact of interactions with other drugs that are commonly used by persons with diabetes.

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