Diabetes affects about 24 million people in the United States and is one of the most common diseases Americans face. It presents in two classifications, Type 1, an autoimmune disease where the body produces no insulin, and Type 2, which occurs when the body doesn’t use the insulin produced in the right way.
Assisting individuals with diabetes learn how to check their blood sugar, adjust their eating and exercise habits, and take their medication is the job of a diabetes nurse. This type of nurse works closely with patients and their families to help minimize the damage diabetes can inflect on the body, conduct nutritional therapy, and deal with the psychosocial issues related to this disease.
If you’re thinking about becoming a diabetes nurse, you’ll spend much of your time educating patients and their families on how to maintain proper diet, lifestyle and exercise habits, and medication plans to control the symptoms of diabetes and help prevent damaging side effects like strokes, kidney disease, and blindness.
But first, you have to learn how to become a nurse with this specialty.
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