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Alpha cells produce

glucagon

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Beta cells produce

insulin

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Delta cells produce

somatostatin

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What is the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus?

Insulin deficiency --> glucose cant enter cells so they stay in blood causing hyperglycemia

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What is the pathophysiology of glycosuria?

Serum glucose rises and spills into urine

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What is glycogenesis?

cells break down protein for conversion to glucose by liver

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What are the effects of hyperglycemia on Na, K, & P?

Na: low sodium concentration
K: Potassium leaves body via urine
P: low phosphate

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What is the pathophysiology of Ketoacidosis?

1. When glucose not available, body breaks down fat
2. Ketones released and eliminated via urine/lungs
3. Ketones (strong acids) lower blood pH and cause ketoacidosis

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What are consequences of acidosis?

1. Kussmaul respiration
2. Hypocapnia (low CO2) causes cerebral vasoconstriction --> headaches
3. Circulatory depression
4. Oxygen dissociation curve shifted to right (O2 unloaded quicker)
5. limited effect on CNS (BBB poorly permeable to bicarbonate & hydrogen)

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What clinical manifestations are Red Flags for Type 1 Diabetes?

1. Rapid weight loss over 1-2 weeks
2. constant thirst
3. frequent urination
4. always tired even with adequate sleep

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Nurse Pearls for Urine Dip test

1. Ketones should not be present
2. Send to ER
3. Draw labs before administering Insulin

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What is a normal blood sugar level?

60-120 mg/dL

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What are symptoms of hyperglycemia?

3 P's:
1. Polyuria
2. Polydipsia
3. Polyphagia

1. Weight loss
2. Fatigue
3. More prone to infection
4. Insulin dependent

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What are characteristics of Type 1 Diabetes?

1. Autoimmune
2. Rapid Onset
3. Polyuria, Polydipsia, weight loss over 1-2 wks
4. Lifetime insulin
5. "Honeymoon:
6. High risk if father has Type 1 DM

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What is the "Honeymoon" phase in Type 1 Diabetes?

1. Directly after diagnosis
2. Diabetes seems to get better and require less insulin.
3. Only temporary

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Characteristics of Type 2 Diabetes

1. Slower Onset
2. Related to obesity
3. Seen in kids after puberty
4. Treated with oral meds/insulin
5. Dietary changes needed

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What causes insulin resistance?

1. Genetic disposition
2. Little exercise
3. Body fat
4. Leptin receptors are desensitized --> hypephagia (very hunger

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What is acanthosis nigircans?

dark, thick skin around neck
decreases with weight loss/exercise

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How is Type 1 Diabetes managed?

1. Insulin
2. Glucose monitoring
3. HgA1C measurements
4. Urine test for ketones (test when 240 mg/dL or higher)

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Patient Education for Diabetes and Insulin

1. Know type/duration/peak/onset/etc of insulin
2. Meal planning (carbohydrate counting)
3. Insulin pump (if they are responsible)
4. Monitor glucose (4x daily type 1)

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What are the common insulin administration sites? Which is the best absorption site?

1. Upper arm
2. Abdomen
3. Buttocks
4. Upper outer thighs

Abdomen is best site for absorption

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When is rapid acting insulin given?

Within 15 minutes of meals (before/after)

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What is Insulin Aspart (Novolog)

Rapid Acting Insulin

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When is the onset of rapid acting insulin?

10-20 minutes

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When is the peak effect of rapid acting insulin?

1-3 hours

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What is the duration of rapid acting insulin?

3-5 hours

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How often should you give rapid acting insulin?

No more than Q3H

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What is Regular Insulin?

Short acting insulin

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What is short acting insulin used for?

1. Control blood sugar during meals and snacks
2. Correct high blood sugars

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When is short acting insulin given?

30 minutes before meals