An Expert's Quick Guide to Diabetes Mellitus

Author: William E. Winter, MD, DABCC, FCAP, FACB
Publisher: AACC (American Association for Clinical Chemistry) Press
Date Published: 2015
Pages: 168 plus index
Cover Type: Loose-Leaf Spiral Binding
Expiration Date: 12/31/2021

This course meets the Florida 1-hour specialty requirement in clinical chemistry.

For ASCP, this course provides 12 hours in clinical chemistry.

An Expert's Quick Guide to Diabetes Mellitus includes the basics of what laboratorians need to know about the pathophysiology, etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical management, and laboratory evaluation of diabetes. It explores the inter-related metabolic factors that characterize the disease, as well as describing the many sub-types of the disease within type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The importance of this topic is stated in the "Conclusion" of the text: “If the laboratorian understands diabetes, then he or she understands much of medicine. The CNS, the retina, peripheral and autonomic nerves, heart, vascular system, liver, and kidney (including the urinary tract) are all possible targets of diabetic complications. Because diabetes affects so many tissues, organs, and organ systems, the laboratory plays a key role in the assessment and management of diabetes, in addition to the role played by the laboratory in the diagnosis of diabetes. Despite the challenges of diabetes, the combined efforts of healthcare providers, laboratorians, and patients are leading to better outcomes for those affected with diabetes.” (Many thanks to AACC for this quote.)

This text is well written and logically arranged; it would be a valuable addition to any technologist’s personal library.

Specific subjects covered include: Pathophysiology; Etiology; Epidemiology; Diagnosis; Measuring Glucose; Diabetic Crises; Complications; Clinical Management; Laboratory Evaluation.

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