Drug-Induced Glucose Fluctuations in People with Diabetes- Pharmacist


  Credits  1.5

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Diabetes mellitus (DM) is reaching epidemic proportions, both in the U.S. and worldwide. The prevalence increases with age; among individuals 65 years of age and older, roughly 27% have diabetes. Achieving optimal DM control requires a large degree of effort on the part of patients. Most people with diabetes must take 1 or more antidiabetic medications, modify their diets, and engage in physical activity to achieve and maintain their goal glucose levels. Patients may become frustrated when they are doing their best to maintain glucose levels within their individualized target ranges, yet still experience blood glucose fluctuations. Healthcare providers need to be aware that fluctuations may be a by-product of other treatments –such as drug therapy for hypertension, lipid disorders, and other chronic conditions that commonly co-exist with diabetes. A variety of medications have been linked with effects on glucose homeostasis or metabolism, leading to either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. This issue reviews frequently prescribed medications that have been linked with hypoglycemia and/or hyperglycemia, including the proposed mechanisms and the potential risks for people with diabetes. Approaches for helping patients understand and manage medication-related blood glucose fluctuations are included.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

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  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0428-0000-12-005-H01-P
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