Welcome to week 4
Welcome to week 4.
This week we explore the factors affecting insulin performance and the side effects that the use of insulin can be associated with.
You will discover …
the importance of looking out for any ‘physical’ barriers to insulin effectiveness including how insulin is stored and potential problems with insulin administration devices e.g. pens and cartridges
the metabolic factors that can affect the action of insulin
the psychological and behavioural reasons that can result in a person who has diabetes displaying an unexplained high blood glucose level
what hypoglycaemia is and how Carlos described an episode of hypoglycaemia, why hypoglycaemia happens and how it can be treated
how insulin treatment can result in weight gain and how Seema is trying to minimise weight gain after she has recently started using insulin
how allergic reactions to insulin are a rare occurrence but are important to look out for
why it is important to control the amount of glucose in the blood as much as possible over the long term in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Please remember: As stated in the step 1.2 disclaimer, given that this is a resource to inform learners about insulin, it is natural that diabetes will be mentioned throughout. Saying that, information about diabetes will not be covered in detail; neither will other diabetes treatments, as the key focus here is insulin.
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