1. Explain how the body uses glucose as a fuel and the function of insulin in
4. Assist the patient in understanding that diabetes is a lifelong condition
that can be controlled, not cured, although they may be in total remission with
weight loss. Stress the importance of lifetime follow-up.
converting glucose into units of energy. Explain how hyperglycemia results
from increased demand on the pancreas to produce insulin.
2. Explain the role of obesity in Diabetes Mellitus and insulin resistance.
3. Explain how high levels of freely circulating glucose damage blood vessels
and highly vascular organs.