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Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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Learning Objectives

  • Newer pharmacological agents
  • Medication side effects
  • Insulin considerations

Course Description

Adherence to glucose-lowering medications is low. A report that examined the medication adherence patterns of patients with type 2 diabetes from 2012–2014 found that only 18% of 4,000 patients adhered to their medication regimens over the entire three-year study.

Physicians must become familiar with all the glucose-lowering medication options in order to prescribe medication regimens that address their patient’s specific needs and that patients will actually follow. When prescribing these medications, physicians should always take a comprehensive approach that includes lifestyle considerations and possible modifications.

Did You Know...

  • The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that 415 million people had diabetes in 2015 (expected to increase to 642 million by 2040)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus accounts for 85–95% of all diabetes cases
  • In this course, you will learn about the various types of glucose-lowering pharmacological agents, their side effects, and the considerations that guide the use of each.

Course at a Glance

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time to complete icon Average Completion Time:

30 Minutes

contributor icon Co-development Partner(s):

Massachusetts General Hospital

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