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Diabetes: Implications for Rehabilitation Counselors

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010 (CDC, 2014). Every year about 1.7 million new patients are diagnosed with this disease, and one in four people with it go undiagnosed. These individuals face an increased risk of serious health complications, such as vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation (toes, feet, or legs), and premature death. Although diabetes is a serious disease, it can be managed via physical activity, diet, and appropriate use of insulin and oral medications to lower blood sugar (glucose) levels. In 2012, direct medical care of this disease cost $176 billion, while $69 billion in indirect costs was accrued from work absences from work, restricted activity, disability, and early death. At the end of this course, you will be able to identify the common symptoms of diabetes, and recognize the importance of early diagnosis and disease management. You'll also be able to explain the role of medical management in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the psychosocial aspects of living with the diagnosis, and the personal factors that can help clients adjust to diabetes living with diabetes. You'll also be able to outline workplace facilitators and barriers associated with managing diabetes. Earn 4 CRCC pre-approved CE clock hours toward CRC or CVE renewal.
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