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Addressing the Full Scope of Cardiometabolic Conditions

With diabetes often comes a host of related complications. Diabetes educators also don’t just treat diabetes; they look at the full range of cardiometabolic conditions: diabetes obesity, hypertension and cardiac disorders. PROJECT VISION is about making others aware of this additional role and ensuring that people with diabetes understand that diabetes educators provide more holistic care. 

We define cardiometabolic to include obesity, prediabetes, diabetes and the full cardiometabolic spectrum. Cardiometabolic conditions encompass both microvascular damage, including but not limited to the eyes, kidneys and nerves, and macrovascular damage to the cardiovascular system, i.e., heart attack, stroke and insufficient blood flow to the legs.




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Barb Schreiner, PhD, APRN, CPLP, CDE, BC-ADM

Diabetes Educators Are Addressing Cardiometabolic Conditions

By Barbara Schreiner, PhD, APRN, CPLP, BC-ADM, CDE

The boundaries across therapeutic interventions are blurring as we manage diabetes and its cardiovascular comorbidities. Increasingly, diabetes educators are addressing cardiovascular health in our persons with diabetes. But what is driving this intertwining of metabolic and cardiovascular conditions? 





Related Education 

Advanced Practice Certificate: Managing Diabetes Complications
8.5 CE

Covers 7 key diabetes complications including hypertension, kidney disease, neuropathy, diabetes-related eye disease, sexual issues and dental disease.

Recorded Webinar: Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in T2DM with SGLT2 Inhibitors and GLP1-Receptor Agonists: Translating Evidence into Patient Outcomes
1 CE. 60 minutes. Free to AADE Members

Reviews the latest data on cardiovascular outcomes and provides practical diabetes educator-driven strategies to optimize the appropriate use of novel agents as part of type 2 diabetes and CVD management.

Recorded Webinar: Individualizing Type 2 Diabetes Treatments with GLP-1 RA CVOT Outcomes Data
1.5 CE. 90 minutes. Free to AADE Members

Covers the importance of improving cardiovascular outcomes in diabetes management and how recently reported CVOTs data related to type 2 diabetes therapies impact current and future clinical practice.

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AADE19 – Houston on August 9-12 – will have a number of sessions dedicated to cardiovascular health, including:

Medical Nutrition Therapy to Reduce Risk for and Manage Cardiovascular Disease will use case studies to illuminate CVD-MNT recommendations.
Friday, August 9, 9:45-10:45am

Glycemic Management in People with High Cardiovascular Risk will provide strategies for integrating the results of CVD outcome trials with SGLT-2 inhibitors and GLP-1 agonists into daily practice.
Saturday, August 10, 1:00-2:00pm

A Practical Approach to Integrating the 2018 ACC/AHA Cholesterol Practice Guidelines for PWDs will use case studies to assess CVD risk and treatment.
Sunday, August 11, 10:30-11:30pm

Additional offerings include recorded webinars:




Focus On: Obesity and Diabetes

Guidance for Diabetes Educators

Diabetes educators have many opportunities to assist people who have diabetes and are overweight or obese, including implementing lifestyle changes and exploring medication options. Read AADE’s practice paper on addressing obesity and downlead an array of additional materials such as advocacy efforts by AADE and our partners, educational courses, journal articles, and PWD-focused tip sheets.

Obesity and Diabetes Practice Paper

Readers of this practice paper will: 

  • Understand the classifications for diagnosis of overweight as well as the three classes of obesity based on BMI.  
  • Understand the relationship between hormone balance and its effect on weight.
  • Get familiar with gut microbiome and understand how they can talk with individuals in a way that will resonate with them and help them to understand how certain foods can assist or make weight loss efforts difficult.  
  • Understand the progression of obesity and be able to make recommendations when individuals are in the prevention phase. 
  • Understand how the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™ can be effective in decreasing the progression to overweight and obesity. 
  • Know medication and surgical options.
     



Focus On: Heart Disease and Diabetes

Resources for People with Diabetes

Developed in 2016, these resources cover the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), offer targets of care, give tips on avoiding heart disease and provide a list of questions people with diabetes should ask their healthcare team. Note: I’m not sure the best way to incorporate this CVD tip sheets.

What is the Link?

What is the Link?

Covers the key risk factors for heart disease and the connection between heart disease and diabetes.

Also available in Spanish/Español.

Targets of Care

Targets of Care

Gives the current recommended ranges for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, BMI and physical activity. Also provides some strategies for reducing risk.

Also available in Spanish/Español.

Prevention

Prevention

Using the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors as its framework, this tip sheet offers suggestions for preventing the development of heart disease. 

Also available in Spanish/Español.

Top 5 Questions

Top 5 Questions for your Diabetes Team

Gives people with diabetes five areas they should cover with their care team covering the areas of risk, treatment options, safety issues, herbal products and steps to take to avoid developing heart disease.

Also available in Spanish/Español.

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