HND701 - Pathophysiology of Diabetes
|Year||2016 unit information|
|Enrolment modes:||Trimester 1: Cloud (online)|
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Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin
This unit develops an understanding of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and its complications. It enables the student to understand the complexities of the pathophysiology and methods of treatment of DM. On completion of the unit, students will be aware of the epidemiology and its complications and their impact in macroeconomic and social contexts. Students will understand the importance of health maintenance in the context of DM and will gain knowledge of how to reduce the risk of diabetes complications.
This unit explores the pathophysiological pathways that occur leading to a diagnosis of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The Unit material has been written by experts in their particular field and draws on current research and theory to explain the complexities behind diabetes and its complications.
The Unit begins with an historical perspective encompassing the discovery of diabetes, the initial use of insulin in humans and explaining the distinction between the different types of diabetes. An epidemiological perspective shows how diabetes has evolved from a little known condition to a household word with many people in our communities touched somehow by some type of diabetes.
The unit covers:
- The epidemiology and history of diabetes; definition, diagnosis and classification;
- Human metabolism in those with diabetes and without diabetes;
- Causes of type 2 diabetes; insulin resistance and obesity;
- Causes of type 1 diabetes and LADA or Latent Autoimmune Disease of Adulthood
Pathophysiology of diabetes complications specifically microvascular and macrovascular complications; and
- Retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy are examined in detail as is sexual health and foot management for the ‘high risk foot’.
Assessment task 1: Written assignment 1 (2000 words) 40%
Assessment task 2: Written assignment 2 (3000 words) 60%
Bilous, R & Donnelly, R. 2010. Handbook of Diabetes (4th edition). Wiley-Blackwell, UK.