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Maria Flynn

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date: 05 May 2021

Diabetes is recognized as a significant, and increasing, long-term health condition. General adult nurses may encounter people with diabetes in a variety of circumstances and settings, but many people manage their own condition in the community, supported by specialist nurses. This chapter outlines key facts relating to diabetes, likely to be of relevance to the general nurse. These include the different types of diabetes, their symptoms and treatments, and diabetic emergencies. A summary of clinical investigations in diabetes is also presented, along with a summary table of medications frequently used to treat the condition. Key nursing considerations for working with people newly diagnosed or living with diabetes are outlined.

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