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Blood glucose management in diabetes

Author: Paula Mayo, Theresa Smyth

Duration: 2 hours Last updated: 2023 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Students, Qualified nurses Language: English

Course description

This module aims to highlight the role of blood glucose management in the prevention of diabetes-related complications, and to provide information on the different methods and approaches that can be used to monitor diabetes control.

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Learning aims and intended outcomes

  • Discuss the importance of effective blood glucose management in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Identify recommended blood glucose levels in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Discuss the use of urinalysis, HbA1c (glycated haemoglobin) and self-monitoring of blood glucose in reducing the risk of diabetes-related complications
  • Recognise patterns and trends in patients' blood glucose levels


  • Introduction
  • Diabetes-related complications
  • Monitoring glucose levels
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose
  • Frequency of blood glucose monitoring
  • Conclusions


Paula Mayo
Lecturer in diabetes care, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, Leeds, England.
Theresa Smyth
Nurse consultant in diabetes, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, and honorary visiting professor, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England.


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  • Introduction
  • Diabetes-related complications
  • Monitoring glucose levels
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose
  • Frequency of blood glucose monitoring
  • Conclusions

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