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Diabetes Mellitus                 (DM)           Bhaumika Sharma           Lecturer           College of Nursing          ...
INSULIN SECRETION AND                 FUNCTION• Insulin is a hormone secreted by the beta cells  of the islet of Langerhan...
Contd.• Insulin is essential for the utilization of glucose  for cellular metabolism as well as for the  proper metabolism...
Contd.• Carbohydrate metabolism: insulin affects the  conversion of glucose into glycogen for  storage in the liver and sk...
Contd.• Protein metabolism: amino acid conversion  occurs in the presence of insulin to replace  muscle tissue or to provi...
• Fat metabolism: storage of fat in adipose  tissue and conversion of fatty acids from  excess glucose occurs only in the ...
Diabetic Mellitus (DM)• Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic  diseases characterized by elevated levels of  glucose i...
Epidemiology• Diabetes mellitus affects about 17 million  people, 5.9 million of whom are undiagnosed.• In the United Stat...
Contd.• In the United States, diabetes is the leading  cause of nontraumatic amputations, blindness  among working-age adu...
Classification of DM  Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus:• Formerly known as insulin dependent diabetes  mellitus and juvenile diabe...
Contd.• Etiology: autoimmunity, viral, and certain  histocompatibility antigens as well as a  genetic component.• Clinical...
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus• Formerly known as noninsulin dependent diabetes  mellitus or adult onset diabetes mellitus.• App...
Contd.• Etiology: strong hereditary component  commonly associated with obesity.• Clinical Features: usual presentation is...
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus                      (GDM)• GDM is defined as carbohydrate intolerance  occurring during pre...
Contd.• GDM is associated with increased risk of fetal  morbidity.• Screening for GDM for all pregnant women  should occur...
Diabetes Associated with Other                Conditions• Certain drugs can decrease insulin activity  resulting in hyperg...
Etiology and Risk Factors    Type I• Identical twins 25% to 50% inherited• Siblings 6% and offspring 5% risk• Virus appear...
Contd.    Type II• Identical twins: 58% to 50% inherited• Obesity• Prevalence of coronary artery disease03/12/12          ...
PHYSIOLOGY AND   PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF DIABETES• Type I DM      – 5 stages      Stage I: genetic predisposition      Stage 2:...
Contd.• Blood Glucose• Fasting blood sugar (FBS): drawn after at least  an 8-hour fast, to evaluate circulating  amounts o...
Contd.• People with gene marker DR3 or DR4 HLA  indicate risk for type I DM• Environmental triggers: coincidence of variou...
Contd.  Type II• 1st: Beta cells chronically exposed to high  blood levels of glucose become progressively  less efficient...
Contd.• 2nd: Resistance to biologic activity of insulin in  both the liver and peripheral tissues, state  known as insulin...
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Clinical Manifestations• Hyperglycemia• 3 P’s      – Polyuria (increased urination)      – Polydipsia (increased thirst)  ...
Diagnostic Evaluation• Diabetes can be diagnosed in any of the  following ways (and should be confirmed on a  different da...
Contd.• Tests for glucose control over time are  glycated hemoglobin and fructosamine assay.• These tests are not used for...
Management  Diet• Dietary control with caloric restriction of  carbohydrates and saturated fats to maintain  ideal body we...
Contd.  Exercise• Regularly scheduled, moderate exercise  performed for at least 30 minutes most days  of the week promote...
Contd.  Medication• Oral antidiabetic agents for patients with type  2 diabetes who do not achieve glucose control  with d...
Oral hypoglycemic DrugsSecond-Generation SulfonylureasGlyburide (Micronase, 1.25-20 mg in single or divided dose withDiaBe...
Contd.Agents                        DoseBiguanidesMetformin (Glucophage)        500-2,550 mg in 2-3 divided               ...
Contd.Agents                          DoseMeglitinide AnalogueRepaglinide (Prandin)     0.5-16 mg in 2-4 divided doses wit...
Contd.Agents                    DoseCombination AgentsGlyburide/metformin       Up to 20/2,000 mg/day in(Glucovance)      ...
Sites of Action of Oral Anti-diabetic Drugs03/12/12                                   35
Insulin TherapyINSULIN      ONSET        PEAK         DURATIONImmediate-acting(lispro,     0.25 hour    0.5-1 hour   5 hou...
INSULIN       ONSET      PEAK         DURATIONLong-acting(ultralente) 4-6 hours   10-30 hours 24-36 hours(insulin      1 h...
Five components of Diabetic                  Management03/12/12                                 38
Patient Education: Self Insulin Injection03/12/12                                        39
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Areas for Insulin Injection03/12/12                                 44
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Microfilaments for Testing of                    Sensation03/12/12                                   46
Disposable Filament for Patient03/12/12                                47
Insulin Pump03/12/12                  48
DIAGNOSTIC TESTS  Blood Glucose• Fasting blood sugar (FBS): drawn after at least  an 8-hour fast, to evaluate circulating ...
Contd.  Nursing and Patient Care Considerations• Advise patient to refrain from smoking before  the glucose sampling becau...
Contd.• Interpret blood values as diagnostic for  diabetes mellitus as follows:      – FBS greater than or equal to 126 mg...
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test                     (OGTT)• OGTT evaluates insulin response to glucose  loading. FBS is obtain...
Contd.  Nursing and Patient Care Considerations• Advice patient to use usual diet and exercise  pattern must be followed f...
Contd.• Oral contraceptives, salicylates, diuretics,  phenytoin, and nicotinic acid can impair  results and may be withhel...
Glycated Hemoglobin           (Glycohemoglobin, HbA1c)    HbA1c measures glycemic control over a 60- to    120-day period ...
Contd.  Nursing and Patient Care Considerations• No prior preparation, such as fasting or  withholding insulin, is necessa...
C-Peptide Assay (Connecting                 Peptide Assay)• Cleaved from the proinsulin molecule during  its conversion to...
Contd.  Nursing and Patient Care Considerations• Test can be performed after an overnight fast  or after stimulation with ...
Testing for Ketones• When there is almost no effective insulin  available, the body starts to break down  stored fat for e...
Contd.• Urine testing is the most common method  used for self-testing of ketone bodies by  patients.• Urine ketone testin...
General Health  The American Diabetes Association (2003)  recommends the following goals of treatment.• Glycemic control  ...
Contd.• BP < 130/80 mm Hg• Lipid control      – Low-density lipoprotein < 100 mg/dL      – High-density lipoprotein > 40 m...
Complications of Diabetes              Mellitus   Acute1. Hypoglycemia occurs as a result of an   imbalance in food, activ...
Contd.3. Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic   syndrome (HHNKS) affects patients with type   2 diabetes, causing severe ...
Contd.  Chronic1.Macroangiopathy     – Cerebrovascular Disease     – Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)     – Peripheral Vascul...
Contd.3. Autonomic Neuropathy     – Gastroparesis     – Impotence/Sexual Dysfunction     – Orthostatic Hypotension03/12/12...
Contd.• In type 1 diabetes, chronic complications  usually appear about 10 years after the initial  diagnosis.• The preval...
Contd.• Macrovascular complications: in particular  cardiovascular disease, occurring in type 1 and  type 2 diabetes are t...
Contd.• Nursing Assessment• Obtain a history of current problems, family  history, and general health history.      – Has ...
Contd.• Perform a review of systems and physical      – General: recent weight loss or gain, increased        fatigue, tir...
Contd.      – Mouth: gingivitis, periodontal disease      – Cardiovascular: orthostatic hypotension, cold        extremiti...
Contd.      – Genitourinary (GU): increased urination, nocturia,        impotence, vaginal discharge      – Neurologic: nu...
Nursing Diagnoses• Imbalanced Nutrition: More than Body  Requirements related to intake in excess of  activity expenditure...
Contd.• Activity Intolerance related to poor glucose  control• Deficient Knowledge related to use of oral  hypoglycemic ag...
Nursing Interventions   Improving Nutrition• Assess current timing and content of meals.• Advise patient on the importance...
Contd.• Set a goal of a 10% (of patients actual body  weight) weight loss over several months in  reducing blood sugar and...
Contd.• Emphasize that lifestyle changes should be  maintained.• Explain the importance of exercise in  maintaining/reduci...
Contd.• Teaching About Insulin• Assist patient to reduce fear of injection by  encouraging verbalization regarding insulin...
Contd.• Help patient to master technique by taking a  step-by-step approach.      – Allow patient time to handle insulin a...
• Review dosage and time of injections in  relation to meals, activity, and bedtime.  Preventing Injury Secondary to Hypog...
Contd.• Assess patient for the signs and symptoms of  hypoglycemia.      – Adrenergic (early symptoms) sweating, tremor,  ...
Contd.• Treat hypoglycemia promptly with 15 to 20 g  of fast-acting carbohydrates.      – Half cup (4 oz) juice, 1 cup ski...
Contd.      – Glucagon 1 mg (subcutaneously or I.M.) is given if        the patient cannot ingest a sugar treatment.      ...
Contd.• Assess patient for cognitive or physical  impairments that may interfere with ability to  accurately administer in...
Caring for Patients With Diabetes               Mellitus  Improving Activity Tolerance• Advise patient to assess blood glu...
Contd.• Advise patient that prolonged strenuous  exercise may require increased food at  bedtime to avoid nocturnal hypogl...
Contd.• Patient should contact health care provider if  levels remain elevated.• Counsel patient to inject insulin into th...
Contd.• Providing Information About Oral Antidiabetic  Agents• Encourage active participation of the patient  and family i...
Contd.• Teach the action, use, and adverse effects of  oral antidiabetic agents.      – Sulfonylurea compounds promote the...
Contd.      – Metformin (Glucophage), a biguanide compound,        appears to diminish insulin resistance.      – Metformi...
Contd.      – Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors (acarbose [Precose]        and miglitol [Glyset]) delay the digestion and      ...
Contd.      – Thiazolidinedione derivatives (rosiglitazone         [Avandia] and pioglitazone [Actos]) primarily         d...
Contd.• Meglitinide analogues (repaglinide [Prandin]) and  amino acid derivatives (nateglinide [Starlix])  stimulate pancr...
Contd.  Maintaining Skin Integrity• Assess feet and legs for skin temperature,  sensation, soft tissue injuries, corns, ca...
Contd.• Maintain skin integrity by protecting feet from  breakdown.      – Use heel protectors, special mattresses, foot  ...
Contd.• Advise the patient to stop smoking or reduce  if possible, to reduce vasoconstriction and  enhance peripheral bloo...
Improving Coping Strategies• Discuss with the patient the perceived effect of  diabetes on lifestyle, finances, family lif...
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  1. 1. Diabetes Mellitus (DM) Bhaumika Sharma Lecturer College of Nursing Chitwan Medical College03/12/12 1
  2. 2. INSULIN SECRETION AND FUNCTION• Insulin is a hormone secreted by the beta cells of the islet of Langerhans in the pancreas.• Increased secretion or a bolus of insulin, released after a meal, helps maintain euglycemia.• Through an internal feedback mechanism (pancreas and liver), circulating blood glucose levels are maintained at a normal range of 60 to 110 mg/dL.03/12/12 2
  3. 3. Contd.• Insulin is essential for the utilization of glucose for cellular metabolism as well as for the proper metabolism of protein and fat.03/12/12 3
  4. 4. Contd.• Carbohydrate metabolism: insulin affects the conversion of glucose into glycogen for storage in the liver and skeletal muscles, and allows for the immediate release and utilization of glucose by the cells.03/12/12 4
  5. 5. Contd.• Protein metabolism: amino acid conversion occurs in the presence of insulin to replace muscle tissue or to provide needed glucose (gluconeogenesis).03/12/12 5
  6. 6. • Fat metabolism: storage of fat in adipose tissue and conversion of fatty acids from excess glucose occurs only in the presence of insulin.03/12/12 6
  7. 7. Diabetic Mellitus (DM)• Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by elevated levels of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia) resulting from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both.03/12/12 7
  8. 8. Epidemiology• Diabetes mellitus affects about 17 million people, 5.9 million of whom are undiagnosed.• In the United States, approximately 800,000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed yearly• Diabetes is especially prevalent in the elderly, with up to 50% of people older than 65 suffering some degree of glucose intolerance.03/12/12 8
  9. 9. Contd.• In the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic amputations, blindness among working-age adults, and end-stage renal disease• Diabetes is the third leading cause of death by disease, primarily because of the high rate of cardiovascular disease (myocardial infarction, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease) among people with diabetes.03/12/12 9
  10. 10. Classification of DM Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus:• Formerly known as insulin dependent diabetes mellitus and juvenile diabetes mellitus.• Five to 10% of all diabetic patients have type 1.• Most commonly seen in patients under age 30 but can be seen in older adults.03/12/12 10
  11. 11. Contd.• Etiology: autoimmunity, viral, and certain histocompatibility antigens as well as a genetic component.• Clinical Features: usual presentation is rapid with classic symptoms of polydipsia, polyphagia, polyuria and weight loss.03/12/12 11
  12. 12. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus• Formerly known as noninsulin dependent diabetes mellitus or adult onset diabetes mellitus.• Approximately 90% of diabetic patients have type 2.• It is caused by a combination of insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency• Found primarily in adults over age 30; however, may be seen in younger adults and adolescents who are overweight. 03/12/12 12
  13. 13. Contd.• Etiology: strong hereditary component commonly associated with obesity.• Clinical Features: usual presentation is slow and typically insidious with symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, poor wound healing, and recurrent infection.03/12/12 13
  14. 14. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)• GDM is defined as carbohydrate intolerance occurring during pregnancy.• Occurs in approximately 4% of pregnancies and usually disappears after delivery.• Women with GDM are at higher risk for diabetes at a later date.03/12/12 14
  15. 15. Contd.• GDM is associated with increased risk of fetal morbidity.• Screening for GDM for all pregnant women should occur between the 24th and 28th weeks of gestation.03/12/12 15
  16. 16. Diabetes Associated with Other Conditions• Certain drugs can decrease insulin activity resulting in hyperglycemia: corticosteroids, thiazide diuretics, estrogen, phenytoin.• Disease states affecting the pancreas or insulin receptors: pancreatitis, cancer of the pancreas, Cushings disease or syndrome, acromegaly, pheochromocytoma, muscular dystrophy, Huntingtons chorea.03/12/12 16
  17. 17. Etiology and Risk Factors Type I• Identical twins 25% to 50% inherited• Siblings 6% and offspring 5% risk• Virus appear to trigger autoimmune process: islet cell antibody, autoimmunity03/12/12 17
  18. 18. Contd. Type II• Identical twins: 58% to 50% inherited• Obesity• Prevalence of coronary artery disease03/12/12 18
  19. 19. PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF DIABETES• Type I DM – 5 stages Stage I: genetic predisposition Stage 2: environmental trigger Stage 3: active autoimmunity Stage 4: progressive beta cell destruction Stage 5: overt diabetes mellitus03/12/12 19
  20. 20. Contd.• Blood Glucose• Fasting blood sugar (FBS): drawn after at least an 8-hour fast, to evaluate circulating amounts of glucose• Postprandial test (PP): drawn usually 2 hours after a well-balanced meal, to evaluate glucose metabolism; and random glucose, drawn at any time, nonfasting.03/12/12 20
  21. 21. Contd.• People with gene marker DR3 or DR4 HLA indicate risk for type I DM• Environmental triggers: coincidence of various viral diseases• Slow, progressive insult to beta cells and endogenous insulin molecules• Acute illness and stress: leads to hyperglycemia, when acute illness resolves, client my revert to compensated state of variable duration, honeymoon period.03/12/12 21
  22. 22. Contd. Type II• 1st: Beta cells chronically exposed to high blood levels of glucose become progressively less efficient when responding to further glucose elevations, phenomenon termed as desensitization, is reversible by normalizing glucose levels•03/12/12 22
  23. 23. Contd.• 2nd: Resistance to biologic activity of insulin in both the liver and peripheral tissues, state known as insulin resistance• In type II DM there is decreased sensitivity to glucose levels, which results in continued hepatic glucose production, even with high plasma glucose level• Also inability of muscle and fat tissues to increase glucose uptake aids03/12/12 23
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  25. 25. Clinical Manifestations• Hyperglycemia• 3 P’s – Polyuria (increased urination) – Polydipsia (increased thirst) – polyphagia (increased appetite)• Weight loss, fatigue• Blurred vision• Poor wound healing• Recurrent infections, particularly of the skin03/12/12 25
  26. 26. Diagnostic Evaluation• Diabetes can be diagnosed in any of the following ways (and should be confirmed on a different day by any of these tests): – FBS of ≥126 mg/dL – Random blood glucose of ≥200 mg/dL with classic symptoms (polyuria, polydipsia, polyphagia, weight loss) – OGTT greater than or equal to 200 mg/dL on the 2-hour sample03/12/12 26
  27. 27. Contd.• Tests for glucose control over time are glycated hemoglobin and fructosamine assay.• These tests are not used for diagnosis.03/12/12 27
  28. 28. Management Diet• Dietary control with caloric restriction of carbohydrates and saturated fats to maintain ideal body weight.• The goal of meal planning is to control blood glucose and lipid levels.• Weight reduction is a primary treatment for type 2 diabetes.03/12/12 28
  29. 29. Contd. Exercise• Regularly scheduled, moderate exercise performed for at least 30 minutes most days of the week promotes the utilization of carbohydrates, assists with weight control, enhances the action of insulin, and improves cardiovascular fitness.03/12/12 29
  30. 30. Contd. Medication• Oral antidiabetic agents for patients with type 2 diabetes who do not achieve glucose control with diet and exercise only.03/12/12 30
  31. 31. Oral hypoglycemic DrugsSecond-Generation SulfonylureasGlyburide (Micronase, 1.25-20 mg in single or divided dose withDiaBeta) mealsGlyburide, micronized 0.75-12 mg in single or divided dose(Glynase)Glipizide (Glucotrol) 2.5-40 mg in single dose or divided dose with mealsGlipizide (Glucotrol 5-20 mg in single dose before breakfastXL)03/12/12 31
  32. 32. Contd.Agents DoseBiguanidesMetformin (Glucophage) 500-2,550 mg in 2-3 divided doses with mealsMetformin (Glucophage XR) 500-2,000 mg daily with evening mealAlpha-Glucosidase InhibitorsAcarbose (Precose) 150-300 mg in 3 doses with meals; if < 60 kg, maximum dose 50 mg tid03/12/12 32
  33. 33. Contd.Agents DoseMeglitinide AnalogueRepaglinide (Prandin) 0.5-16 mg in 2-4 divided doses within 30 minutes of starting meal; if meal is skipped, do not take doseAmino Acid DerivativeNateglinide (Starlix) 120-360 mg in 3 divided doses within 30 minutes of starting meal; if meal is skipped, do not take doseThiazolidinedionesRosiglitazone (Avandia) 4-8 mg in a single dose or 2 divided doses03/12/12 33
  34. 34. Contd.Agents DoseCombination AgentsGlyburide/metformin Up to 20/2,000 mg/day in(Glucovance) single dose or divided dosesGlipizide/metformin Up to 20/2,000 mg/day in(Metaglip) single dose or divided dosesRosiglitazone/metformin Up to 8/2,000 mg/day in(Avandamet) divided doses03/12/12 34
  35. 35. Sites of Action of Oral Anti-diabetic Drugs03/12/12 35
  36. 36. Insulin TherapyINSULIN ONSET PEAK DURATIONImmediate-acting(lispro, 0.25 hour 0.5-1 hour 5 hoursaspart)Short-acting(regular, 0.5-1 hour 2-4 hours 5-7 hourssemilente)Intermediate-acting03/12/12 36
  37. 37. INSULIN ONSET PEAK DURATIONLong-acting(ultralente) 4-6 hours 10-30 hours 24-36 hours(insulin 1 hour none 24+1 hoursglargine)Mixed(Regular 0.5 hour 2-12 hours 24 hours30%, NPH70%)(Regular 0.5 hour 3-5 hours 24 hours50%, NPH50%)(Lispro 25%,0.25 hour 0.5-1.5 hours 24 hours 03/12/12 37NPH 75%)
  38. 38. Five components of Diabetic Management03/12/12 38
  39. 39. Patient Education: Self Insulin Injection03/12/12 39
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  44. 44. Areas for Insulin Injection03/12/12 44
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  46. 46. Microfilaments for Testing of Sensation03/12/12 46
  47. 47. Disposable Filament for Patient03/12/12 47
  48. 48. Insulin Pump03/12/12 48
  49. 49. DIAGNOSTIC TESTS Blood Glucose• Fasting blood sugar (FBS): drawn after at least an 8-hour fast, to evaluate circulating amounts of glucose• Postprandial test (PP): drawn usually 2 hours after a well-balanced meal, to evaluate glucose metabolism; and random glucose, drawn at any time, nonfasting.03/12/12 49
  50. 50. Contd. Nursing and Patient Care Considerations• Advise patient to refrain from smoking before the glucose sampling because this affects the test results.• For postprandial test, advise patient that no food should be eaten during the 2-hour interval.• For random blood glucose, note the time and content of the last meal.03/12/12 50
  51. 51. Contd.• Interpret blood values as diagnostic for diabetes mellitus as follows: – FBS greater than or equal to 126 mg/dL on two occasions – Random blood sugar ≥200 mg/dL and presence of classic symptoms of diabetes (polyuria, polydipsia, polyphagia, and weight loss)• Fasting blood glucose result of ≥100 mg/dL demands close follow-up and repeat monitoring.03/12/12 51
  52. 52. Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)• OGTT evaluates insulin response to glucose loading. FBS is obtained before the ingestion of a 50- to 200-g glucose load (usual amount is 75 g), and blood samples are drawn at ½, 1, 2, and 3 hours (may be 4- or 5-hour sampling).03/12/12 52
  53. 53. Contd. Nursing and Patient Care Considerations• Advice patient to use usual diet and exercise pattern must be followed for 3 days before OGTT.• During OGTT, the patient must refrain from smoking and remain seated.03/12/12 53
  54. 54. Contd.• Oral contraceptives, salicylates, diuretics, phenytoin, and nicotinic acid can impair results and may be withheld before testing based on the advice of the health care provider.• Diagnostic for diabetes mellitus if 2-hour value is 200 mg/dL or greater.03/12/12 54
  55. 55. Glycated Hemoglobin (Glycohemoglobin, HbA1c) HbA1c measures glycemic control over a 60- to 120-day period by measuring the irreversible reaction of glucose to hemoglobin through freely permeable erythrocytes during their 120-day lifecycle.03/12/12 55
  56. 56. Contd. Nursing and Patient Care Considerations• No prior preparation, such as fasting or withholding insulin, is necessary.• Test results can be affected by red blood cell disorders (eg, thalassemia, sickle cell anemia), room temperature, ionic charges, and ambient blood glucose values.03/12/12 56
  57. 57. C-Peptide Assay (Connecting Peptide Assay)• Cleaved from the proinsulin molecule during its conversion to insulin, C-peptide acts as a marker for endogenous insulin production.03/12/12 57
  58. 58. Contd. Nursing and Patient Care Considerations• Test can be performed after an overnight fast or after stimulation with Sustacal, I.V. glucose or 1 mg of glucagon subcutaneously.• Absence of C-peptide indicates no beta cell function, reflecting possible type 1 diabetes.03/12/12 58
  59. 59. Testing for Ketones• When there is almost no effective insulin available, the body starts to break down stored fat for energy.• Ketone bodies are byproducts of this fat breakdown, and they accumulate in the blood and urine.• Ketones (or ketone bodies) in the urine signal that control of type 1 diabetes is deteriorating, and the risk of DKA is high.03/12/12 59
  60. 60. Contd.• Urine testing is the most common method used for self-testing of ketone bodies by patients.• Urine ketone testing should be performed whenever patients with type 1 diabetes have glucosuria or persistently elevated blood glucose levels (more than 240 mg/dL or 13.2 mmol/L for two testing periods in a row) and during illness, in pregnancy with pre-existing diabetes, and in gestational diabetes.03/12/12 60
  61. 61. General Health The American Diabetes Association (2003) recommends the following goals of treatment.• Glycemic control – HbA1c < 7% – Preprandial glucose 90 to 130 mg/dL – Peak postprandial glucose < 180 mg/dL03/12/12 61
  62. 62. Contd.• BP < 130/80 mm Hg• Lipid control – Low-density lipoprotein < 100 mg/dL – High-density lipoprotein > 40 mg/dL – Triglycerides < 150 mg/dL• Microalbumin (spot urine) < 30 mcg/mg creatinine03/12/12 62
  63. 63. Complications of Diabetes Mellitus Acute1. Hypoglycemia occurs as a result of an imbalance in food, activity, and insulin/oral antidiabetic agent.2. Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) occurs primarily in type 1 diabetes during times of severe insulin deficiency or illness, producing severe hyperglycemia, ketonuria, dehydration, and acidosis. 63
  64. 64. Contd.3. Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome (HHNKS) affects patients with type 2 diabetes, causing severe dehydration, hyperglycemia, hyperosmolarity, and stupor.03/12/12 64
  65. 65. Contd. Chronic1.Macroangiopathy – Cerebrovascular Disease – Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) – Peripheral Vascular Disease1.Microangiopathy – Retinopathy – Nephropathy – Peripheral Neuropathy03/12/12 65
  66. 66. Contd.3. Autonomic Neuropathy – Gastroparesis – Impotence/Sexual Dysfunction – Orthostatic Hypotension03/12/12 66
  67. 67. Contd.• In type 1 diabetes, chronic complications usually appear about 10 years after the initial diagnosis.• The prevalence of microvascular complications (retinopathy, nephropathy) and neuropathy is higher in type 1 diabetes.• Because of its insidious onset, chronic complications can appear at any point in type 2 diabetes.03/12/12 67
  68. 68. Contd.• Macrovascular complications: in particular cardiovascular disease, occurring in type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among persons with diabetes.03/12/12 68
  69. 69. Contd.• Nursing Assessment• Obtain a history of current problems, family history, and general health history. – Has the patient experienced polyuria, polydipsia, polyphagia, and any other symptoms? – Number of years since diagnosis of diabetes – Family members diagnosed with diabetes, their subsequent treatment, and complications03/12/12 69
  70. 70. Contd.• Perform a review of systems and physical – General: recent weight loss or gain, increased fatigue, tiredness, anxiety – Skin: skin lesions, infections, dehydration, evidence of poor wound healing – Eyes: changes in vision floaters, halos, blurred vision, dry or burning eyes, cataracts, glaucoma03/12/12 70
  71. 71. Contd. – Mouth: gingivitis, periodontal disease – Cardiovascular: orthostatic hypotension, cold extremities, weak pedal pulses, leg claudication – GI: diarrhea, constipation, early satiety, bloating, increased flatulence, hunger or thirst03/12/12 71
  72. 72. Contd. – Genitourinary (GU): increased urination, nocturia, impotence, vaginal discharge – Neurologic: numbness and tingling of the extremities, decreased pain and temperature perception, changes in gait and balance03/12/12 72
  73. 73. Nursing Diagnoses• Imbalanced Nutrition: More than Body Requirements related to intake in excess of activity expenditures• Fear related to insulin injection• Risk for Injury (hypoglycemia) related to effects of insulin, inability to eat03/12/12 73
  74. 74. Contd.• Activity Intolerance related to poor glucose control• Deficient Knowledge related to use of oral hypoglycemic agents• Risk for Impaired Skin Integrity related to decreased sensation and circulation to lower extremities• Ineffective Coping related to chronic disease and complex self-care regimen03/12/12 74
  75. 75. Nursing Interventions Improving Nutrition• Assess current timing and content of meals.• Advise patient on the importance of an individualized meal plan.• Reducing intake of carbohydrates may benefit some patients03/12/12 75
  76. 76. Contd.• Set a goal of a 10% (of patients actual body weight) weight loss over several months in reducing blood sugar and other parameters.• Assist patient to identify problems and their solutions that may have an impact on dietary adherence03/12/12 76
  77. 77. Contd.• Emphasize that lifestyle changes should be maintained.• Explain the importance of exercise in maintaining/reducing body weight.03/12/12 77
  78. 78. Contd.• Teaching About Insulin• Assist patient to reduce fear of injection by encouraging verbalization regarding insulin injection, sense of empathy, and identifying supportive coping techniques.• Demonstrate and explain thoroughly the procedure for insulin self-injection.03/12/12 78
  79. 79. Contd.• Help patient to master technique by taking a step-by-step approach. – Allow patient time to handle insulin and syringe to become familiar with the equipment. – Teach self-injection first to alleviate fear of pain from injection. – Instruct patient in filling syringe when he or she expresses confidence in self-injection procedure.03/12/12 79
  80. 80. • Review dosage and time of injections in relation to meals, activity, and bedtime. Preventing Injury Secondary to Hypoglycemia• Closely monitor blood glucose levels to detect hypoglycemia.• Instruct patient in the importance of accuracy in insulin preparation and meal timing to avoid hypoglycemia.03/12/12 80
  81. 81. Contd.• Assess patient for the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia. – Adrenergic (early symptoms) sweating, tremor, pallor, tachycardia, palpitations, nervousness from the release of adrenalin when blood glucose falls rapidly – Neurologic (later symptoms) light-headedness, headache, confusion, irritability, slurred speech, lack of coordination, staggering gait from depression of central nervous system as glucose03/12/12 level progressively falls 81
  82. 82. Contd.• Treat hypoglycemia promptly with 15 to 20 g of fast-acting carbohydrates. – Half cup (4 oz) juice, 1 cup skim milk, three glucose tablets, four sugar cubes, five to six pieces of hard candy may be taken orally. – Nutrition bar specially designed for diabetics supplies glucose from sucrose, starch, and protein sources with some fat to delay gastric emptying and prolong effect; may prevent relapse. – Used after hypoglycemia treated with fact-acting03/12/12 carbohydrate. 82
  83. 83. Contd. – Glucagon 1 mg (subcutaneously or I.M.) is given if the patient cannot ingest a sugar treatment. Family member or staff must administer injection. – I.V. bolus of 50 mL of 50% dextrose solution can be given if the patient fails to respond to glucagon within 15 minutes.• Encourage patient to carry a portable treatment for hypoglycemia at all times.03/12/12 83
  84. 84. Contd.• Assess patient for cognitive or physical impairments that may interfere with ability to accurately administer insulin.• Between-meal snacks as well as extra food taken before exercise should be encouraged to prevent hypoglycemia.• Encourage patients to wear an identification bracelet or card that may assist in prompt treatment in a hypoglycemic emergency.03/12/12 84
  85. 85. Caring for Patients With Diabetes Mellitus Improving Activity Tolerance• Advise patient to assess blood glucose level before and after strenuous exercise.• Instruct patient to plan exercises on a regular basis each day.• Encourage patient to eat a carbohydrate snack before exercising to avoid hypoglycemia.03/12/12 85
  86. 86. Contd.• Advise patient that prolonged strenuous exercise may require increased food at bedtime to avoid nocturnal hypoglycemia.• Instruct patient to avoid exercise whenever blood glucose levels exceed 250 mg/day and urine ketones are present.03/12/12 86
  87. 87. Contd.• Patient should contact health care provider if levels remain elevated.• Counsel patient to inject insulin into the abdominal site on days when arms or legs are exercised.03/12/12 87
  88. 88. Contd.• Providing Information About Oral Antidiabetic Agents• Encourage active participation of the patient and family in the educational process.03/12/12 88
  89. 89. Contd.• Teach the action, use, and adverse effects of oral antidiabetic agents. – Sulfonylurea compounds promote the increased secretion of insulin – Potential adverse reactions include hypoglycemia, photosensitivity, GI upset, allergic reaction, reaction to alcohol, cholestatic jaundice, and blood dyscrasias.03/12/12 89
  90. 90. Contd. – Metformin (Glucophage), a biguanide compound, appears to diminish insulin resistance. – Metformin must be used cautiously in renal insufficiency, conditions that may cause dehydration, and hepatic impairment. – Potential adverse reactions include GI disturbances, metallic taste, and lactic acidosis (rare).03/12/12 90
  91. 91. Contd. – Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors (acarbose [Precose] and miglitol [Glyset]) delay the digestion and absorption of complex carbohydrates (including sucrose or table sugar) into simple sugars, such as glucose and fructose, thereby lowering postprandial and fasting glucose levels.03/12/12 91
  92. 92. Contd. – Thiazolidinedione derivatives (rosiglitazone [Avandia] and pioglitazone [Actos]) primarily decrease resistance to insulin in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue without increasing insulin secretion. – Secondarily, they reduce hepatic glucose production. – Ovulation may occur in anovulatory premenopausal women. – Adverse reactions include edema, weight gain,03/12/12 anemia, and elevation in serum transaminases. 92
  93. 93. Contd.• Meglitinide analogues (repaglinide [Prandin]) and amino acid derivatives (nateglinide [Starlix]) stimulate pancreatic release of insulin in response to a meal.• They should not be taken when a meal is skipped or missed.• They should be used cautiously in patients with renal and hepatic dysfunction, and may cause hypoglycemia.03/12/12 93
  94. 94. Contd. Maintaining Skin Integrity• Assess feet and legs for skin temperature, sensation, soft tissue injuries, corns, calluses, dryness, deep tendon reflex – Use a monofilament to test sensation of the feet and detect early signs of peripheral neuropathy.03/12/12 94
  95. 95. Contd.• Maintain skin integrity by protecting feet from breakdown. – Use heel protectors, special mattresses, foot cradles for patients on bed rest. – Avoid applying drying agents to skin (eg, alcohol). – Apply skin moisturizers to maintain suppleness and prevent cracking and fissures.03/12/12 95
  96. 96. Contd.• Advise the patient to stop smoking or reduce if possible, to reduce vasoconstriction and enhance peripheral blood flow.• Help patient to establish behavior modification techniques to eliminate smoking in the hospital and to continue them at home for smoking-cessation program.03/12/12 96
  97. 97. Improving Coping Strategies• Discuss with the patient the perceived effect of diabetes on lifestyle, finances, family life, occupation.• Explore previous coping strategies and skills that have had positive effects.• Encourage patient and family participation in diabetes self-care regimen to foster confidence.• Identify available support groups to assist in lifestyle adaptation.• Assist family in providing emotional support. 03/12/12 97
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