Pre-diabetes is a serious and growing public health problem, not just in the UK (where it affects 7 million adults), but worldwide.
It is a critical point in the progression towards type 2 diabetes, offering a window of opportunity for lifestyle changes. Positive changes during this phase can slow, or even prevent, the onset of diabetes.
Without such changes, people with pre-diabetes are at very high risk of developing full-blown diabetes within a decade.
This course provides an evidence-based overview of pre-diabetes. It will cover the pathophysiology, risk factors, warning signs, prevention strategies, and management protocols, with particular relevance to the dental field.
Up-to-date guidelines on lifestyle modifications, pharmacotherapy options, and regular health monitoring will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on the bidirectional relationship between periodontal health and pre-diabetes.
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To equip dental professionals with essential knowledge and skills for managing pre-diabetes through lifestyle interventions and patient education.
- Understand the key aspects of pre-diabetes, including its definition, risk factors, and the importance of early intervention.
- Learn effective strategies for dietary modifications, physical activity, and overall lifestyle changes beneficial for pre-diabetes management.
Outcomes:The learner will be able to, upon completing this course:
- Identify the characteristics and health implications of pre-diabetes.
- Recommend dietary modifications to manage blood glucose levels.
- Advise on appropriate physical activities for pre-diabetic patients.
- Guide patients on the importance of regular health monitoring and dental check-ups.
- Understand the role of sleep, stress management, and behavioural changes in managing pre-diabetes.
GDC Development Outcomes
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC Development Outcome: C.